January 19, 2021
Dear Zicklin Community,
With the New Year now upon us, we look back on the successes of 2020, which are all the more remarkable given the year’s hardships. Despite a worldwide pandemic and months of isolation and lockdown — not to mention civil unrest — the Zicklin School of Business managed to pivot successfully to online learning, transform our undergraduate curriculum, initiate major changes related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and achieve record enrollment in our graduate degree programs. That hasn’t stopped, by the way—our spring 2021 graduate enrollment is over 40 percent higher than spring 2020.
The New Year at Zicklin looks very promising, as there are multiple initiatives that will launch and events that will take place.
Each month, the Office of Executive Programs will continue to offer our Zicklin Talks Business webinars, with faculty and business executives providing insight into today’s business and economic challenges.
In February, the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity will host a conference with the Chartered Financial Advisors (CFA) Society’s New York chapter, led by Zicklin professors Douglas Carmichael and Thomas Ray.
In April, the Zicklin School will host the third annual PhD Project – Baruch College Research Symposium. This is a wonderful opportunity for PhD candidates in business from underrepresented minority groups to get advice and mentoring on their doctoral research from Zicklin faculty.
In Executive Programs, we have launched a new data analytics course in our Executive MS in Finance Program and have added important new content on diversity, equity, and inclusion into our Executive MS in Human Resource Management Program. These are two vital subjects with which graduates in these fields need to be familiar.
On the undergraduate level, we anticipate a fall 2021 launch of the Baruch College-BMCC Business Academy, a major DEI initiative, in which BMCC students will be paired with Baruch College alumni, faculty, and student mentors, who support and advise them as they transition from their associate degree programs into the Zicklin School’s BBA program. Additionally, our operations management major has been redesigned to align with the thinking skills and experiences necessary for current market needs, by offering options to pursue a more quantitative or more managerial concentration.
And as President Wu previously announced, our own Myung-Soo Lee has been appointed Interim Provost, effective February 1. Congratulations to Dr. Lee on this well-deserved recognition.
Finally, with COVID-19 vaccines already being administered around the globe, we see the light at the end of the tunnel at last. We will continue to monitor the health of our faculty, students, and staff, and provide you with the latest updates.
I look forward to a rewarding and healthy 2021.
Willem Kooyker Dean, Zicklin School of Business
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