A controversy at leading business schools, reported in Businessweek’s article, "Campus Confidential: Four top-tier B-schools don’t disclose grades. Now that policy is under attack," over grade non-disclosure policies is most heated at Wharton, which like Stanford, HBS, and Chicago, does not allow students or the administration to disclose grades.
Professors are complaining, however, that Wharton undergrad students who do care about grades, outperform their MBA counterparts. They also bemoan a lackadaisical attitude among MBA students. In addition, recruiters want to know who has excelled and who has skated by. Resisting disclosure, students claim that non-disclosure contributes to a more collegial, less pressured atmosphere.
Accountability is a great motivator. It is absent at the schools with the non-disclosure policy. During my MBA program at UCLA, we had a highly cooperative atmosphere. And our grades "counted" and were disclosed. Do Wharton, HBS, Stanford, and Chicago have cooperation and collegiality, or laziness?
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