The Neeley Advantage

Overview

The Neeley Advantage

Personalized Environment. Small class sizes and a dedicated, accessible faculty enable students to fulfill their individual education needs.

Unique Applied Learning Opportunities. Neeley School students put business theory into practice throughout the curriculum and through several innovative programs:

Educational Investment Fund, one of the largest student-run investment portfolios in the nation, manage over $1.5 million. Through Neeley & Associates Consultants, teams of students are hired as consultants by organizations to solve their business problems.

Neeley & Associates Consultants is unique in its combining: (1) a curriculum delivered by Neeley faculty and staff who have been consultants and/or currently have consulting practices; (2) external consultants from global and boutique consulting firms who meet with the student teams to critique and offer feedback on each team's plan of action and final report; (3) a designated faculty expert available to each team who provides subject matter assistance to the team; and (4) other MBA students serving as coaches, who have previously been a Neeley & Associate consultant.

In the last two years, Neeley & Associates Consultants worked on marketing, operations, financial analysis and strategy projects for organizations such as Half Price Books, Sony Electronics, DFW International Airport, Midmark, PSS World Medical, The Davey O'Brien Foundation, The Amon Carter Museum, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, The Alternative Board (TAB), Day Resource Center, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Sabre Travel Network, Calloway's Nursery and Rassai Interactive Solutions.

The N&A consultants' work with these clients involved engagements in the areas of: international book distribution, electronics' sales channels analysis, air passenger new amenities and new services viability, healthcare product manufacturing and distribution, sports marketing, nonprofit management and strategic planning process, international dealership marketing channel, leadership development selection processes, competitor analyses, new product acceptance rate, nursery operations and Internet business modeling.

The highly successful Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for professional level experience in a broad range of industries.

Professional Development Program. The PDP focuses on development programs of "soft skills" needed to succeed in today's business environment. These skills will include self-understanding, working with other people to develop meaningful solutions to problems, and leading other people. Competencies on which this program focuses will be identified and updated by key employers of our MBA students and graduates.

Ties to Industry. Our close ties to the business community enrich the student experience in the Neeley School. Industry leaders provide input on the knowledge and skills that will give our graduates a competitive edge. The Neeley Speaker Series, sponsored by PriceWaterhouse Coopers, provides MBA students the opportunities to hear, in an informal setting, industry leaders speak about their careers and what is happening in their industries. After the presentation, there is an open forum with the speaker, in which students have the opportunity to query the executive on any matter. Following the question and answer segment, six MBA students have the opportunity to have a relaxed dinner with the guest speaker and a Partner from PriceWaterhouse Coopers at the Colonial Country Club.

In the past two years, the Neeley Speaker Series included senior executives from The Alternate Board, Perot Systems, NBC/General Electric, FUNimation, Metatropia Institute, PepsiCo, American Airlines, Shakey's Pizza, Critical Technologies and Sabre. In 2008-09, speakers currently confirmed include the Former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

Starting in fall 2008, the MBA Program will be launching Neeley Confidential, an intimate and confidential forum where a small group of 2nd Year Full-time MBA students interact with host P.D. Shabay, recently retired Textron Bell executive, and his invited C-level executive guest. Discussion will focus on business topics and personal perspectives with respect to current business topics. MBA students will gain a unique perspective and understanding of the issues addressed by corporate leaders from the vantage point of those leaders. Likewise, the business leaders will also examine and challenge the thinking and thought processes of the MBA students.

For the second consecutive year, in March 2009 Sony Electronics will sponsor a national sales and marketing business case competition. In 2008 full-time MBA candidates from 19 outstanding business schools - including Harvard, Chicago, Emory, Berkeley and Michigan - gave senior Sony executives their analysis regarding the electronic book reader market, and specific sales and marketing recommendations to strengthen Sony's position in that market space.

Neeley Entrepreneurship Center. The Neeley Entrepreneurship Center offers programs in entrepreneurship for the external community, provides resources that enhance education in entrepreneurship, and supports research in entrepreneurship. The center supports Neeley School students by providing mentoring and internships, sponsoring the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO!) Club and the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization. The Neeley School has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as being in the 2nd tier of U.S. Schools (#13 to #26) and has been the recipient of the 2003 NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

Luther King Capital Management Center for Financial Studies. The Luther King Capital Management Center for Financial Studies promotes excellence in financial education by enhancing the quality, prestige, and national visibility of finance programs in the Neeley School of Business at TCU. The Finance Center pursues these goals by: (1) providing resources to support a faculty research environment and scholarly activities in finance that are competitive with the very best universities. (2) reaching out to industry for advice and resources for finance programs and employment opportunities for Neeley School students. (3) sponsoring seminars, awards and other activities that enhance the national reputation of finance programs at TCU. (4) attracting top students into the finance programs at TCU.

Supply and Value Chain Center. The Neeley Supply and Value Chain Center (SVCC) focuses on developing future supply chain leaders with integrative skills and a global perspective; exchanging ideas and best practices between business partners, faculty, and supply chain experts; and sponsoring leading-edge research to advance supply chain practices that deliver exceptional business results. Center activities include an annual Global Supply Chain Conference, Executive Forums, Executive Education, and numerous student activities that provide exposure to supply and value chain management. The SVCC offers a Certificate in Supply and Value Chain Management at the graduate level. In short, the Center builds connections between students, faculty and business partners to give students a real-world perspective and valuable business connections.

Neeley School Professional graduate degrees: The Master of Business Administration (MBA), The Master of Accounting (MAc), The Master of International Management (MIM/MMNI)
Neeley School Dual-degree MBA programs: MBA/Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and MBA/Ph.D. in Physics.

The Neeley School is fully accredited by the AACSB-International Association for Management Education and is a member of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC).

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