A couple of noteworthy items:
- The Wall St. Journal has an insightful article in its MBA Track column on Stanford GSB’s Leadership Program.
- Businessweek just published an article entitled online "A Booming Business in MBA Coaches" and in the magazine version "’It’s Almost Like…Admitting an Impostor.’" Stacy Blackman has published a thoughtful reaction to that article in "The ‘Business’ of MBA Admissions Consulting." The BW article, for all its negative sensationalism, highlights the value consultants bring to their clients by helping the applicants highlight their talents and strengths. Admissions committees can then look beyond the numbers to the applicant. Are there coaches who cross the line? Unfortunately, yes. But there are also admission offices (check out the financial aid scandal), MBAs, and even directors of admission whose moral compasses are broken. Individuals who act without integrity neither negate the value of their service when ethically provided nor damn the entire profession. Stacy Blackman in her post looks to the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants ("AIGAC") to differentiate between the bad apples and the top professionals in this young, rapidly growing field. To quote her:
Amen. Welcome to AIGAC, Stacy.