Lots of news in the MBA admissions world:
- Chicago GSB has an excellent newsletter for MBA applicants and you can find lots of good tips and sanity-reinforcing advice. This month’s "Admissions Insider: Top 10 Myths and Misperceptions About the Admissions Process" does a good job of dispelling myths without being disingenuous, a temptation for some adcom writers and speakers. The more sophisticated among you may roll your eyes at some of the myths, but believe me: some applicants do believe them. And if Chicago doesn’t dispel them, then I have to. (Please see The GMAT in MBA Admissions. )
- GMAT registration volume rose 1.24% worldwide in 2006 from 2005 although actual test-taking volume declined by less than .5%. Considering the almost imperceptible change in GMAT volume I have to wonder where the spike in MBA application volume is coming from? Are a higher percentage of test-takers actually applying because of the great hiring news coming from b-schools and the strong economy? Are applicants applying to more schools than they did two years ago? I suspect the answer to both these questions is "yes."
- The Columbia Bottom Line discusses the role of teaching at Columbia Business School in "Ziv Relates CBS Academic Experience" with Vice Dean Amir Ziv . Yes, teaching. Sometimes in all the glitz — the special programs, treks, research centers, clubs, and competitions — teaching can get lost. And Dr. Ziv writes, "The cornerstone of any MBA program, much less a top-tier program, must be the classroom experience."
- Pagalguy’s interview with Tuck’s Nancy Granada, Senior Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at Tuck, is a window into the MBA admissions process that you should take advantage of if you are applying to Tuck. Note the emphasis she puts on fit with Tuck.
- HBS Working Knowledge presents a dysfunctional team in "HBS Cases: When Good Teams Go Bad" The factors affecting the West Point Varsity rowing team may affect your teams. Check it out for ideas on factors you may want to discuss. BTW, while HBS emphasizes leadership, leadership on a team or in a "flat" organization where hierarchy is not assigned could make a great essay for HBS.
- Shrinking MBA classes at Yale and Stanford due to curriculum change are the focus of BW’s "More Crowding at B-Schools." Other schools that may reduce the number of acceptance offers in the future: Darden (slightly) and Columbia.