New Home for Accepted Admissions Almanac

We’ve moved. At least we’ve moved this blog to its rightful home on Accepted.com’s home page. We enjoyed our comfortable digs at Typepad, but wanted to:

  1. Integrate the blog more closely with Accepted.com.
  2. Provide multiple subscribe options and RSS feeds.

I will post all future posts through the new blog, hosted by Squarespace, but we will maintain the Typepad blog for some time so that earlier posts will be available to our loyal readers. I am happy to say that in less than 1.5 years almost 87,000 people have visited the Accepted Admissions Almanac.  Keep on coming.

Medical Student Satisfaction: Opposing Views

Is the glass more than half-full or more than half-empty?

AAMC STAT cites a 2004 study that shows "Nearly 90 percent of graduating medical students are satisfied with the quality and content of their medical education."

These results contrast sharply with the results of an AMSA study quoted in last week’s post on medical student satisfaction.

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.

B-School Ethics

Dr. Jeffrey Garten has a thoughtful piece in  Businessweek titled "B-Schools: Only a C+ in Ethics."  Dr. Garten presents several ideas for strengthening the ethical aspects of MBA programs including a suggestion that b-schools ask probing questions about ethical "turning points" and business issues in both application essays and interviews.

Over the years a number of programs have asked students about ethical dilemmas and challenges. I have been struck by how few applicants  see value clashes when they stare them in the face. For example, everyone has to balance conflicting commitments to work and family. That on a very basic level is an ethical dilemma. Most of us value social commitments, respect for elders, and the closer ties we have with family. At the same time, we (usually) take seriously our responsibility to our company, shareholders, and customers. Frequently those values clash.  Applicants, however, rarely see this situation as a value conflict or ethical dilemma.

Business is filled with such conflicts: The short-term interests of current stockholders vs. those of those holding stock for the long run. The claims of employees vs. the claims of customers. The needs of employees, shareholders, and customers coexist but in a tension born of conflict.

If you are asked about ethical challenges you have faced, think of times when your beliefs, relationships, or constituents  were in conflict.  How did you handle the situation? What did you learn?

Law School Application Volume Declines Slightly

The National Law Journal reports that applications  at the nation’s top law schools declined  2%  this year from last year.  Applications had  been steadily climbing in recent years.

More interesting to me than the overall slight decline is the wide disparity among schools:

Declines:

  • UCLA: -13%
  • UT: -11%
  • Vanderbilt: -9%
  • Cornell: -8%
  • USC: -8%

Increases:

  • University of Minnesota: +22%
  • University of Pennsylvania: +21%
  • Duke:  +9%
  • University of Michigan: +4.5%
  • GWU: +3.5%

The article also reports on trends in minority enrollment.