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Business Students are as Lax as the Education they are Supposedly Receiving

December 3, 2011 by

This is my new favorite article.  I am sad that it took me half a year to stumble across it (was originally published in April 2011), but I will now be assigning it to all of my undergrads for the foreseeable future.  In fact, it will be the first thing they have to read in any class I teach.

I will revisit some of the content and issues the author of this article brings up, but one fact you might find interesting is “when business students take the GMAT, the entry examination for M.B.A. programs, they score lower than do students in every other major.”  Want an anecdote?

Last week, a student in my MGT330 class (Recruitment & Selection) approached me at the break.  He says: “Hey, yeah, so I just wanted you to know that I was interested in understanding some of the stuff I’ve been confused about in here, so over this past week I actually read some of the textbook and things make a lot more sense now.  Anyway, I just wanted you to know that.”

I was dumbfounded.  The only return I could muster was, “Great!  I’m really glad you did that!  If you need any more clarification on some of the concepts that you’re struggling with, please let me know.  I’d be happy to talk with you about it some more.”  Then, because I couldn’t help myself, I lightheartedly added, “Who would have thought actually reading the textbook would have been so useful!”

I winked, he laughed.  We have three weeks left in the semester.

Read the article I linked at the top of this post and send me some feedback on your thoughts and experiences.  Business education is a topic I’ve tackled in the past and one that I will continue to write about in the future.  To get caught up with and weigh in on some of my other ideas regarding the topic, here’s an incomplete but relevant selection of five posts for you to read:

  1. The MBA and Woody Allen: 50/50 and showing up
  2. Go Get your Letters
  3. Going to Business School with an Open Mind
  4. Part-time Business School Student / Full-time Professional
  5. Certified Managers, right?


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