Albers is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. As of April 2011, less than five percent of the world’s business schools and less than one third of U.S. business schools have achieved business accreditation from AACSB.
Last night was my first meeting of Leadership Skills and Team
Development (MBA 510) with Bill Weis and I have to say it was awkward, weird,
uncomfortable, challenging, and wonderful.
I can tell that this class will shatter my notions of what a graduate
course should be.
Let me preface by saying that I spent my undergraduate years
in a school where you simply show up, listen and take notes, and then go home
with little to no interaction between students.
In Bill's class, by the end of the first hour, I met 30 new people and
memorized all of their names. By the end
of the second hour, I learned where they were born and raised, where they went
to school, where they work, what they love to eat, what physical activities they prefer, what they do for recreation,
what program they're in, and a unique fact about them. In between that, there was twirling, dangerous games of
tag, sqeaky hammers, hula hoops, stop watches, animal noises, and plenty of
Many people have said this will be the most rewarding class
in the MBA program so it has a lot of hype to live up to. Our 3-day class retreat is only 2 weeks away
and I look forward to seeing what Bill has in store for us!
Loc Nguyen, email@example.com
year ago, sitting behind a desk in a mostly empty 15 story building in
stodgy San Antonio, I made the decision
that led me to Albers. I took a hard
look at what I had accomplished so far... a paltry Psychology Degree from the
local university and an uninspiring 9 to 5 job at a local radio station. Sure, it paid the bills and I was grateful
for the opportunity to learn from one of the founders of Clear Channel
Communications, but it was merely sufficient.
I realized that I had become complacent and asked myself, where was my
ambition? Around me were too many young
and often single parent families scrambling from paycheck to paycheck and knew I
had to escape. But to do what and where?
degree just didn't provide enough practical skills that most employers were
looking for. After some research and reading
endless articles about the value of a graduate business degree, I decided to go
back to school. The next big question
has done research on b schools knows just how difficult it can be to narrow them
down so instead, I decided on a city. Seattle
had always been on my radar because of its liberal views and location in the
beautiful Pacific North West but it was just too far away so I set the idea
aside. Now Austin, 90 miles north of San
Antonio seemed perfect; most of my friends had already migrated there and McCombs was highly ranked. As I worked on my McCombs
application, the idea of moving to Seattle kept poking at me until I stopped and
decided to look up some schools there. A
simple Google search of "business schools in Seattle" quickly found Albers. As I scrutinized the Seattle University
website, I discovered the school mission: "Seattle University is dedicated
to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering
leaders for a just and humane world."
I had never seen a school preach social responsibility before and it
definitely caught my attention. I
resumed my McCombs application but I couldn't concentrate and decided to look
up The University of Texas mission statement to compare and it was something
along the lines of: "to achieve excellence in all areas...” Not nearly as inspiring. Albers offered a more intimate education
experience, far different from my undergraduate experience. But perhaps the most appealing thing of all,
Albers offered the means to better our world through more conscientious business. After combing through the MBA
program curriculum and thoroughly reading the student blogs, I applied and was
accepted a month later.
months ago, I made the biggest, scariest and riskiest decision of my life and
drove nearly 2,500 miles from San Antonio to Seattle. My ambition has led me to Albers and I can't
tell you how excited and nervous I am to be back in school and to meet new
My sister journeyed with me and here we are at Four Corners (AZ, NM, CO, & UT).
Loc Nguyen, firstname.lastname@example.org