While women comprise nearly half of the U.S. workforce
and more than half of U.S. college students, gender disparities in business
leadership persist. At Fortune 500 companies, women hold just 4.4 percent of
CEO positions, 14.3 percent of executive officer positions, and 16.6 percent of
Board of Director seats.
Agnes Scott College has signed a memorandum of
understanding with Georgia Institute of Technology’s
Scheller College of Business to address this gender disparity by providing a
pathway for Agnes Scott students to enroll in Georgia Tech’s Master of Business
Administration (MBA) program. The two institutions also partnered in 2010 to
create the Bridge to Business program, an intensive three-week summer program
which introduces Agnes Scott students to key business concepts and serves as an
introduction to an MBA.
“Our partnership efforts with Agnes Scott
College are leading to broader career opportunities for participants,” said
Scheller College Dean Steve Salbu. “We are strongly committed to enhancing
diversity, and delighted to work closely with Agnes Scott College on this
pathway for talented women in business.”
“The MBA pairs well with a liberal arts education such as
Agnes Scott’s, and Georgia Tech thinks our students are well suited to its
program,” said Tom Will, director of the MBA Linkage Program and associate
professor of organizational management at Agnes Scott. “On a broader level,
programs that cultivate women’s leadership are both good for the country and
good for business,” he added.
The agreement provides qualified Agnes Scott students
with several tools to facilitate the transition from an undergraduate degree to
an MBA, including membership in the Georgia Tech chapter of MBA Women
International; access to a GMAT prep seminar, networking events and
informational sessions; and guidance on career progress after graduation from
Agnes Scott. Qualified Agnes Scott students are guaranteed an interview for
Georgia Tech’s MBA program, and accepted applicants will be given priority
"This unique collaboration will prepare Agnes Scott
students for successful business careers while promising to further diversify
the Scheller College of Business," according to Carolyn J. Stefanco, vice
president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Agnes Scott. "Along with other developments
that support business interests in a liberal arts environment, Agnes Scott is
assembling a synergistic range of curricular and co-curricular initiatives for
women interested in business."
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Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.