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A Letter from the Dean, Amy. Z Zeng

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Hello everyone

I started my journey at the Barney School as its new dean on August 1. It is an exciting time for me to join the school in the midst of its fast growth, as evidenced by the well-developed Career Ready focus, the expansion and renovation of the building, and the start of the huge CIGNA MBA program—to name just a few. I’d like to continue the tradition of the quarterly Dean’s Newsletter, while adding a few new threads to keep you apprised of the exciting things happening at Barney.

Since fall is always the beginning of a new school year, let me begin with the enrollment numbers. On Sept. 4, Barney welcomed the Class of 2022 with more than 190 first-year students and transfers, over 20 more than last year’s total. This implies that our seven undergraduate degree concentrations, three of which are new for this school year, are starting to attract students’ interest. Our MBA program is doing extraordinarily well. Although the completely revised curriculum is starting officially this fall, we have already witnessed a significant enrollment increase. We welcomed 120 regular MBA students this fall, in addition to the 75 Cohort 2 students from the CIGNA program. The MSAT program enrolled 38 new students, which are a couple more than each of the last two years. The third graduate program, M.S. in Management, had steady enrollment—23, the same as last year’s number. We currently have some ideas to expand the population of this degree program, and I will share with you more details as specific action plans unfold.

During my first couple of months at Barney, I have learned tremendously about the School and am impressed with its many achievements. I believe the School has a wonderful foundation to advance to its next phase of growth through a VI3E framework:

  • V: Visibility—Elevating Barney’s visibility in multiple dimensions
  • I1: Integration—Integrating Barney’s internal resources to become more efficient and seeking various ways to connect Barney with the rest of campus
  • I2: Industry Collaboration—Expanding Barney’s partnerships and connections with more companies and industry sectors
  • I3: International Engagement—Developing more international partnerships for education and research endeavors to widen the impact of Barney on a global scale
  • E: Enrollment—Enhancing and increasing the undergraduate enrollment, as well as improving the retention rate by upgrading the Career-Ready program to version 3.0

In future editions of the Dean’s Newsletter, I will describe our concrete plans and initiatives under each area and report on the results.

Amy Z. Zeng