Niche.com, a ranking site for schools and neighborhoods, places SMU high on its list as one of the top colleges in Texas.
SMU comes in at fourth, and is cited for being one of the Best Colleges for Sports Management (No. 3 of 413). Read more about the sport management program here.
Other ratings include Best Christian Colleges in America (No. 6 of 362), and Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance (No. 10 of 789).
To determine rankings, the site relies on U.S. Department of Education data coupled with reviews from current students, alumni, and parents to judge American colleges on 12 factors, including academics, campus, dorm life, and professors. Niche.com helps parents and students choose colleges and K-12 schools.
DALLAS (SMU) – SMU is proud of its history of developing courses that address student interest in emerging markets. In keeping with this tradition, The Cox School of Business and The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development have worked together to create a new certificate to teach the business management side of the growing esports industry.
The fully online Esports Business Management Certificate, delivered by SMU Professional and Online (SMU PRO), was developed with some of the most accomplished names in the world of esports, including Danny Martin, CEO/Founder of Esposure; John Davidson, Director of Business Development for Esports Trade Association; Daniel Herz, Chief Revenue Officer at Mission Control; and David Chen, board member of the esports North American Collegiate League and partner at Faze Clan. Students will learn from some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and business owners around the country involved in just about every aspect of esports, including team building, the business of esports (management, finance and risks), fan engagement, streaming strategies, sponsorship and tournament design.
The Cox School of Business is partnering with the Simmons School of Education and Human Development sport management program to offer this pioneering program. “It is only appropriate that we launch this program in Dallas, the birthplace of esports,” said faculty co-director Simon Mak, executive director of SMU Cox’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship and professor of practice. “The industry has developed into a multi-faceted multi-billion-dollar global movement, requiring a new cadre of business people and strategies.”
The certificate program expands upon the existing partnership between the Cox and Simmons schools to deliver the MS degree in Sport Management. SMU is also home to The Guildhall, the premier graduate-level video game development education program in the United States. Mak said the new certificate represents another step forward in SMU’s path to becoming the leading provider of video game development and esports education in the world.
The Esports Business Management Certificate consists of six courses, each lasting six class hours, and combines a mix of self-paced work with weekly live, online meetings with instructors. SMU PRO is currently accepting students for the program starting in Spring 2021 and prospective students can register here. Classes include Esports Ecosystem and Business Models, Fan Engagement and Sponsorship Activation, and Business Development and Revenue Strategies. The certificate can potentially be completed from anywhere in the world in as few as six months.
“The certificate program Esports Business Management provides an opportunity for individuals to be leaders in this nascent global industry. This program demonstrates SMU’s commitment to evolve with the dynamics of the sport industry and provide cutting-edge education,” said faculty co-director Sarah M. Brown, clinical assistant professor of sport management in the Simmons School.
A call from students and parents to reduce tuition costs during the pandemic is gaining momentum, according to the New York Times. In an article exploring how some universities are responding, Assistant Professor Dominique Baker, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, gives her perspective on the rising costs for universities. She explains how new costs, many of which are associated with making campuses safe and advancing teaching, have to be met. Read more here.
As students make decisions about attending colleges and universities during the pandemic, they grapple with costs, and some are asking for tuition reductions especially if classes are held only online. However, higher education institutions are impacted by increased costs to open campuses during a pandemic.
Assistant Professor Denisa Gándara assesses what goes into university costs to operate during the pandemic. She cites salaries, benefits, technological upgrades, and safety measures as major expenses. In addition, some state funded institutions face reductions from their legislatures.
Gándara was interviewed about the topic by The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
In an NBC5 interview about why people are not grasping the current number of pandemic deaths in Texas, which are at a peak of 10,000, Clinical Associate Professor Greta Davis discussed the psychology involved.
She explained the concepts of confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, and people’s stress response to COVID-19.
Dr. Davis chairs the Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling at SMU Simmons.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m., rain or shine
Gates Open: 6:30 a.m.
Location: Gerald J. Ford Stadium
5800 Ownby Drive
Dallas, TX 75205
On Saturday morning, the All-University Commencement Convocation will assemble graduates and candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs. Commencement speakers will offer their congratulations to the newest class of graduates, an Honorary Degree will be bestowed on Mr. Max Glauben, and President Turner will re-confer your degrees. Graduates and candidates will cross the stage and have their names announced. Elements of the Baccalaureate Service will be included.
Reservations for August 15 Commencement Tickets is CLOSED.
(Entry to the commencement requires a ticket)
We hope you can watch the livestream on August 15. Graduates who do not obtain a ticket will be mailed a special graduation package including the August 2020 Commencement program, a souvenir print, and other items in recognition of your important accomplishment several weeks after August 15.
Assistant Professor Denisa Gándara’s research on funding incentives some states are using to improve student outcomes at public universities is cited in a recent Inside Higher Ed article.
The article explains how some states are making efforts to preserve access for historically underserved students by awarding additional funding (premiums) for enrolling certain groups of students (usually low-income and racial / ethnic minorities).
Colorado’s new funding model, which includes these types of premiums, receives particular attention.
Gándara’s study, co-written with Indiana University’s Amanda Rutherford, finds that the share of both low-income and Hispanic students increases in institutions with performance-funding incentives compared to institutions without such premiums.
Unexpectedly, the findings also reveal negative effects of funding bonuses on Black student enrollments. The findings suggest institutions may be prioritizing enrollment of non-Black students, even when states incorporate these incentives to diversify enrollments. The study was not able to explain this negative relationship between underrepresented student premiums and Black student enrollments.
In addition to the study cited in the article, Gándara’s recent research on performance-based funding models in higher education includes:
To help policymakers, educators, parents and others respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, professors Alexandra Pavlakis, Meredith Richards, and post doctoral fellow, Kessa Roberts, contributed a policy brief on homeless students released by EdResearch for Recovery, a project initiated by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and Results for America. The collaboration taps top researchers from across the country to develop evidence briefs to inform recovery strategies.
Simmons researchers are examining the effects of student displacement in the Houston Independent School District caused by Hurricane Harvey, and now COVID-19. As they note, student homelessness was increasing before the pandemic hit. In their brief, they suggest strategies for schools, such as prioritizing identification, establishing an environment that builds trust, and policy to support students’ rights.
Kathryn Hill and Zitsi Mirakhur with Research Alliance for New York City Schools also contributed to the brief.