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The top 10 MIT Sloan stories of 2016

A Master of Business Analytics degree, digital platforms, and a fresh crop of tech-driven startups made headlines this year.

By Zach Church  |  December 5, 2016

Take a look back at the most popular news stories from MIT Sloan in 2016.

1. The school launched a Master of Business Analytics degree designed to prepare students for careers managing in the era of big data.

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2. Everybody was talking digital platforms. We rounded up a reading list of expert advice on how to build a platform company.

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3. New research from finance professor Antoinette Schoar revealed the early 2000s housing crisis was not a subprime crisis, but rather was driven by defaults among middle-class borrowers with good credit.

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4. MIT’s most promising new startups developed a device to reduce infections in chemotherapy patients, online learning videos compressed for the developing world, and an online wardrobe for “boss ladies.” Seventeen presented their work at a demo day in September.

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5. The Master of Finance program gained a science, technology, engineering, and math classification from the Department of Homeland Security, meaning graduates working in certain fields can stay in the United States longer after graduation.

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6. Three MIT Sloan alumni were named to the 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30” lists for work in finance, science, and gaming.

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7. Building E52 reopened following a two-and-a-half-year renovation. The building houses MIT Sloan academic programs and student services, as well as the MIT Department of Economics and a new event space.

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8. Professor Jared Curhan launched Negotiation Analysis, a three-day course. He shared his seven keys to effective negotiation.

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9. A new study found that initiative—also described as grit, or hustle—is the most durable skill in terms of earning power in an economy marked by rapid technological growth.

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10. The school launched three new undergraduate majors and minors, in management, business analytics, and finance.

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