Over 45 Business Schools Commit to Best Practices for Women in Business Education, Workplace
On behalf of the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, Dean Latha Ramchand committed on Wednesday during a convening at the White House to a set of best practices that offer concrete strategies for business schools to help women succeed throughout school and their careers and to build a business school experience that prepares students for the workforce of tomorrow.
Ramchand, along with leaders from over 45 other business schools, was invited to participate in the convening hosted by the Council on Women and Girls and the Council of Economic Advisors, focused on a conversation on recruiting, training and retaining leaders for the 21st century workplace and the importance of implementing policies that work for families.
“We fully support the intent of the best practices outlined during the convening at the White House this week,” Ramchand said.
The best practices focus on four key areas — ensuring access to business schools and business careers, building a business school experience that prepares students for the workforce of tomorrow, ensuring career services that go beyond the needs of traditional students, and exemplifying how organizations should be run.
“At Bauer College, we are working on several initiatives that are very consistent with what’s being outlined in the document, and our focus is on providing opportunities to determined, motivated and driven students so that they are prepared to lead in a workforce that continues to evolve,” Ramchand said.
Enrollment figures from the last academic year show large numbers of female students in many Bauer programs, with women making up 48 percent of the overall undergraduate student population and 38 percent of the full-time MBA program. In the MS ACCY program, about 59 percent of students are women, while women make up 36 percent of the doctoral student population. In addition, the college’s faculty is 27 percent female.
Last year, The Princeton Review recognized the Bauer MBA program as No. 6 on its list for “Greatest Opportunities for Women,” with student surveys indicating the level of resources for female students, including coursework for women entrepreneurs and whether case study materials for classes proportionately reflect women in business.
Ramchand said, “It has been encouraging to discuss the importance of women’s issues in business with peer institutions and government leaders this week, and we are excited to continue to support initiatives that ensure access for education and career services for a diverse student population.”
Read the full release from the White House by clicking here.
By Jessica Navarro