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This spring, the Financial Times website heralded the “revival of executive education.” The report cited increased demand for short courses in management and other areas at business schools in the U.S. and abroad, as company spending on employee development rebounds from the financial crisis of 2008.

New Majors Advance Search for Talent

Most colleges reserve the term “market demand” for business courses. Here the phrase takes a different turn, informing two new majors — Professional Sales and Creative Industries — that answer employers’ call for skilled professionals.

The move marks Bentley as the only major university in the northeastern U.S. with an undergraduate major in Professional Sales. An unusual collaboration gives both programs a distinctive edge. In developing the majors, which launched this fall, faculty had significant input from Career Services and corporate partners.

His & Hers

“It will take more than women talking to women to close the gender gap in corporate America,” says Betsy Myers, director of the three-year-old Center for Women and Business (CWB) at Bentley University. “Engaging men in the advancement of women is the new frontier for every company in America that wants to compete and grow in the 21st century.”

First Impressions

A firm handshake can help you get a grip on the job market. Basic but useful lessons like this come from corporate recruiters taking part in a groundbreaking career development seminar for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

The Rush of Fusion

We all know the rush of a conversation that leads you to make unexpected connections between different subjects — a fluidity of mind all too rare but always exciting.

Four first-of-their-kind “fusion” courses at Bentley University aim to make that synergy happen a lot. And according to early participants: mission accomplished.

The Art of Management

If you can handle yourself on stage at the improv, will you be a good manager?

The issue was in the spotlight at a panel discussion on the role of arts in management education. The premise: Art forms — such as improvisation, acting and music — create a synergy where left (rational, analytical) and right (creative, intuitive) brain functions come together.

Fueling Far-Flung Partnerships

Two grants from the U.S. Department of Education are promoting partnerships between Bentley and other leading academic institutions. The support comes from the department’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), which aids programs to encourage reform and innovation at colleges and universities in this country and abroad.

Fiscal 2009 In Review

I am pleased to report that Bentley University remains in excellent financial condition. We ended the year with a modest operating surplus and a strong cash position, despite the financial turmoil endured over the last year.

Fiscal 2009 felt like the eye of the storm. The financial crisis brought complications that included contractual relationships with Lehman Brothers, insurance with AIG, cash-access problems, interest-rate spikes, and a substantial endowment decline. Each of these challenges was managed and resolved, and the endowment has begun to recover.


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