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UC Davis Graduate School of Management Featured in Guide to Responsible Graduate Business Programs
Net Impact Releases 2012 Business as UNusual Guide

(Davis and San Francisco, CA) — Net Impact, the premiere global nonprofit that inspires a new generation of leaders to put their values to work for a more sustainable future, recently released the 2012 edition of Business as UNusual: The Student Guide to Graduate Programs. The UC Davis Graduate School of Management is among top business schools featured in this annual guide, which gives an inside look at MBA programs’ social and environmental curriculum, student activities and career services.

“The Graduate School of Management’s 4-star rating on sustainability and social impact in this selective list of schools—and the chapter’s Silver standing—is the result of the faculty and student body’s genuine commitment to responsible and ethical business practices,” said Allan Allay, co-president of the Davis Net Impact chapter.

“The School administration’s eagerness to collaborate with students as well as continued support from the Career Development team has enabled the chapter’s leadership to advance social responsibility and environmental sustainability as integral themes in the UC Davis MBA program, through sponsored events and new course offerings,” said Allay.

This is Net Impact’s seventh year publishing its Business as UNusual guide and details more than 100 business schools at the forefront of social and environmental innovation. This year’s guide is the most comprehensive yet, compiling more than 3,000 student responses. 

For students who care about these issues, this year’s Business as UNusual survey shows that it’s never been a better time to get an MBA.

“The Graduate School of Management is recognized for its noteworthy commitments to clean energy, environmental sustainability and responsible business leadership,” said John Churchman, who shares with Allay the co-presidency of Davis Net Impact. “This is echoed by the No. 1 ranking the Sierra Club recently awarded to UC Davis for outstanding environmental sustainability efforts. Students around the nation are paying attention to the research and projects that UC Davis MBA students are leading both inside and outside the classroom.”

“In the classroom, we’re seeing a shift from environmental and social topics being covered in unique new electives, formerly an achievement on its own, to their inclusion in a more holistic core curriculum,” said Liz Maw, executive director of Net Impact. “Over Net Impact’s 20-year lifespan, we’ve seen these topics go from the fringe, to a trend and now to the mainstream.”

The survey reveals widespread integration of social and environmental themes integrated into core classes at 55 MBA programs profiled, including the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Business schools also broaden students’ horizons around jobs that make a social or environmental impact. Respondents with primarily nonprofit and for-profit experience pre-MBA expressed interest in a wider array of post-MBA careers, including start-ups, mission-driven companies, and social enterprise.

The guide also shows how students themselves are driving change on campuses.

“Our student-led Net Impact chapters are at the forefront of the movement to transform business education, working to integrate social and environmental topics into their programs’ curriculum, electives, speaking events, and experiential learning opportunities. We’re proud of the movement they’ve helped us build over the last 20 years to create a more just and sustainable future,” said Maw.

The 2012 Business as UNusual guide is available at no cost: Click here.

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