Dear Incoming (January) Class of 2013:
Congratulations on your acceptance to Columbia Business School (CBS). Your acceptance is a clear indication of your high potential, and I am excited to welcome you to the CBS community. The CBS community is an integral component of the MBA experience, and your participation in it will shape both your time at CBS as well as every other member of the 40,000+ CBS community of current students and alumni. Your next year will be extremely busy, and will be over before you realize it; yet I can tell you that it will be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. Enjoy it, try not to stress, and take full advantage of the experience.
The last 6 months have been an exciting one at CBS, and we are looking forward to your arrival in January. We recently established a new inititive, the program CBS Matters, which was started by one of our J-Term Cluster Chairs, Andres Small, last spring. The program has been an outstanding success, providing a forum to share and learn about our community. Additionally, the student newspaper, the “Bottom Line”, is back up and running, and our Clubs are in full swing with conferences, programs, etc…
There have also been a lot of questions over the past few months regarding the community referendum on Grade Non-Disclosure (GND) last spring. Collaboration between students is at the heart of CBS and in an effort to advance our collective experience the student community voted to implement a GND policy. This was a student-led effort and will be implemented as a part of the Community Contract, with the intent of ensuring a collaborative educational environment. At this point we have not seen a negative effect on recruiting or the job market, and there has been a dramatic improvement in the community and culture at the school.
While CBS Matters and GND are significant steps forward to strengthening the CBS community, I believe that there is always potential for improvement. As a future member of the CBS community you too will have the ability to take an active role in defining how you and your peers will interact and work collaboratively. In the coming year, the Graduate Business Association (the student body government known as the “GBA”) is looking forward to hearing your suggestions about how to further advance the CBS community to ensure that our collective MBA experience continues to be the best we can possibly make it.
Additional resources, information, and a continuously updated FAQ section regarding the CBS Grade Non-Disclosure Policy can be found at http://cbsgba.com. Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free to reach out to either the GBA at GND@gsb.columbia.edu or myself at email@example.com.
Congratulations, and Welcome to CBS!
Ryan Bell Major, USA CBS MBA Candidate, 2012 President, Graduate Business Association