We’ve been following some of the changes coming slowly out of Michigan Ross over the past year or so, with their new emphasis on what they’re calling “positive business.” Ross has long had a focus on “doing well by doing good” and they are a leader in the areas of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). They have a research institute called the Center for Positive Organizations and they are hosting the first Positive Business Conference this month. Ross’ Net Impact club is also a Gold Chapter most years, which indicates the motivation and student involvement on campus. Ross appears at the #5 spot on Net Impact’s 2014 lists of top programs for both sustainability and for social impact.
This is cool stuff that we can get behind. If you’re interested in a career in social venture – or if you just want to go to a bschool where there’s a vibe and a focus around giving back and all that – then Ross is one to look at.
A lesser-known school also crossed our radar recently with a program we’d not heard of before: The MBA students at Boston College are required, as part of their curriculum and education, to complete 20 hours of community service before graduation. You can read about the policy here.
Now that seems pretty cool.
Lots of MBA applicants like to tout their community service initiatives in their applications, and even more of them make big promises to the adcom about how they’ll get involved in the campus community. We doubt that anybody ever follows up on any of that, to see if admitted students are good on their word and actually go do those things. We’re certain that lots of people’s good intentions fall by the wayside in the hustle and bustle of grad student life.
This BC initiative is kinda cool in that regard. Talk about forcing you to put your money where your mouth is! We like it. Kudos, BC. You have our respect on this one. Wouldn’t mind seeing other schools adopt this into their programs.