I got a few comments and emails about the Notre Dame MBA program not being "top tier". Most coming from dummy email addresses or from people who won't put their last name to a statement...that says it all.
Last I checked -
1) The ND Mendoza program ranking was 9th from one of the big ranking rags.
2) Notre Dame was the FIRST business school globally to REQUIRE ethics courses (plural) in its business school - considering our current business climate - I think that is something to brag about. Especially when you consider where the executives went to school from places like MCI World Comm, Enron, Ameritech, Bell Labs, etc.
3) In the admission process, we were asked various questions about our career and plans and how a Notre Dame education would fit in there. Compare that to Northwestern University asking me about what my high school SAT and grade point average was.
Northwestern is so concerned about it's status with who gets in and what their standardized test scores are (along with their ancient history) high school grades - that somewhere along the way they forgot about education and social responsibility. I've worked with some NU, U of C, Harvard and MIT grads. They can study a book and give you chapter and verse the next day...but cannot apply it in the real world.
Several of these people report to me today.
So to those who sent nasty comments - haters - undergraduate sports are for the undergraduates and folks who need a life. Are they fun to watch? Sure, but to judge a school because of how many football fans it has is pretty shallow. Look at Miami (FL). The football team is one thing...but academically the university is quite good. *Some decisions they have made I whole heartedly disagree with, but it is a good school.
So as I attend class and look around the room I see a cover of a newspaper business section, a Crain's Chicago Business feature story, a Time story. Movers and shakers from around the area. You're so right. It's not a top program.
Judge this program by the people it produces. I do.