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

December 3, 2011
Lucas Weingarten

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?

Lucas Weingarten Lucas Weingarten is a full-time instructor for Kaplan Test Prep and he loves preparing GRE students for Test Day. The classroom is Lucas’ arena. When he cannot be found in one of Kaplan’s cage matches of learning, he is very likely dancing around DePaul University’s College of Commerce/Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago professing various courses offered by the Department of Management, up to and including monikers such as: “Managing for Effective and Ethical Organizational Behavior,” “Entrepreneurship Strategy,” “Strategic Managements and Analysis,” “Human Resource Management,” “Recruitment and Selection,” and “Foundations of Business Thought and Theory.” (Although that last one was cancelled just before the quarter started and he’s still not gotten over it.) Lucas spent most of his formative years in North Carolina, but hit the long road as soon as he was able. A world traveler with a currently expired passport, he has lived on and wandered around three continents with the expressed intention of finishing the job. He holds a BFA with a concentration in sculpture as well as an MBA with dual concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Finance. When not challenging standardized tests to a duel or wondering how to corrupt the business students of America, Lucas can be found brewing delicious beers, riding-then-fixing-then-riding his motorcycle, hanging out with dogs, pretending he’s a good cook, and feeling like the luckiest guy in the world to have such a fantastic wife and endlessly amazing young son. He’s in Milwaukee now, but is in Chicago often. Email him anytime about anything at:

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