iMBA At a Glance: May 17

May 18, 2021
Strengthen Your Data-Driven Decision Making Skills with MBA 563
Making data-driven decisions is a goal for almost every business, but we often need to rely on more than spreadsheet software to sift through all of that data. In the redeveloped MBA 563: Data Toolkit: Business Data Modeling & Predictive Analytics will learn how to use your mind as your most powerful data analytic tool. You will also learn data analytic software to explore large amounts of data, and extract insight from that data. The course will focus on using R, as well as PowerBI and Alteryx. Hear from Ron Guymon and Jessen Hobson as they share a course overview, expectations, and how this course could impact your career. Enroll now in MBA 563 which runs June 9 - August 3 (4 credit hours)
Academic Policy Modification: Pass Covid/No Pass Covid (PZ/NZ)
The University of Illinois has passed an academic policy modification, Pass COVID/No Pass COVID (PZ/NZ) grading option. This optional grading modification will be available for students to select from May 22 - May 27. Students that select this option and earn a grade of D- or higher will earn PZ (Pass) and will earn course credit. Students who earn an F and select this option will earn NZ and will not earn course credit. Selecting this grade option will have no impact on GPA. To learn more about this option, and to find the form, which will be available on May 22, should visit the Graduate College website.
Live Session Times For Summer Courses Available Now
As you prepare for your summer courses, please review the live session times for your courses. Attendance at one of the weekly live sessions is strongly encouraged. If unable to participate, students are expected to watch the recording of the live session as soon as possible. Attendance requirements will vary by course, so be sure to check the syllabus. 
Need Some Quick Help? Check out Express Advising!
Do you have a question and do not want to wait to book a full advising appointment? Express Advising is a great way to connect with a member of the Gies Online Programs Student & Academic Success team when you need some fast help. These are set up as first come, first serve, walk-ins where you can connect with a Specialist for up to 15 minutes and get your questions answered. No appointment needed. Check out our Advising and Planning page for more information and times
iMBA: Mentor Application Open
Applications to become an iMBA Mentor for the August & October cohorts are now open!  If selected, you will be required to attend two one-hour training sessions in order to receive your mentees in June.  If you are interested in becoming a student mentor for the next cohort of incoming students, please complete your application today! The deadline to submit your application is Friday, May 21 at 11:59pm CST.
Panel Discussion on Disruption and Innovation
Thursday, May 20 | 7:30-8:30 am CT | Register Here 
Panel Discussion on Disruption and Innovation What are disruption and innovation? What disruptions are coming, and how can we teach students to be ready? Join us for a one-hour discussion and Q&A on Thursday, May 20 at 7:30 am CT. The conversation will feature Tim Lee (Founder & CEO, QFPay), Frank Shi (Co-Founder & CEO, PhotonIC Technologies), Aakrit Vaish (Founder & CEO, Haptik), and Winnie Wu (student leader, Disruption Lab). The discussion will be moderated by Gies Associate Dean for Innovation and Chief Disruption Officer Robert Brunner.