The impact of the Texas BBA program is second to none! We are one of the largest producers of business leaders in the nation, due to our prestigious faculty and rigorous coursework, the high qualifications and work ethic of our students, and the size of our graduating class. Forward-looking new programs and infrastructure devoted to leadership assessment and training, new curriculum options, and strategic partnerships are underway at the school Where Leadership is Earned™.
Seeking to set the standard for the next generation of leaders, CLE supports research and leadership classes, and develops partnerships supporting leadership practicums and analytics. Samsung became the founding corporate partner of CLE in 2016.
BBA Leadership Program and LeaderShape Institute
Each year, 100 freshmen are selected for a four-year extracurricular Leadership Program to help them develop the skills that distinguish those who lead. Offered by McCombs at no additional cost to students, but requiring the students to show their grit by loading this extra training on top of their already busy lives, the Leadership Program helps students to learn, and live, leadership. In addition, over 1,500 UT students have participated in the nationally-recognized LeadershapeTM program. This intensive and energizing six-day program is designed to be a boot camp for leadership with integrity. It is a collaboration of McCombs and the UT Cockrell School of Engineering.
The CFP Foundation donated $1 million in 2016 to fund college scholarships for disadvantaged youth who have participated in Subiendo, a program of the Hispanic Leadership Initiative.
Brandy Peña attended Subiendo as a high school student. “The networking skills she learned helped her make connections her freshman year … she completed an accounting internship with Ernst & Young as a sophomore,” reports U.S. News and World Report. BBA Dean David Platt remembers Brandy from his accounting class: “She was so hard-working, just a real pleasure to teach…I’m delighted at her success.”
Run by the students themselves, with guidance from the college, the 36 McCombs sponsored and affiliated student organizations help students gain a deeper understanding of their professional interests and the world of business. They also provide opportunities for the students to further develop their leadership skills in the way that a student ultimately learns the deepest leadership lessons – in practice. These organizations, which include the Consulting Group, Women in Business, Investment Club, and Association of Latino Professionals forAmerica, among many others, enable collaboration and networking with corporations and professionals.
They also include programs like Target Your Future, which helps first-generation students and those from traditionally under-represented populations strengthen career skills and build a professional network with mentorship from companies such as ConocoPhillips, and BBA Women’s Council, a women-directed undergraduate initiative that encourages women to enter the business world and features weekly seminars, mentorship, a breakfast forum, and a new leadership symposium.