A few item of interest to MBA applicants:
- MBA Buzz , a new website for MBA’s, slices and dices admissions stats graphically. It is an interesting presentation and fun, but I wonder how the site will control for false entries because anyone can enter data. I am also concerned that it will inevitably lead to even more of an over-emphasis on GPA , GMAT, and quantity of work experience when at the top schools the qualitative factors play a major role. Finally, it attempts to graph essays and extra-curriculars and I simply don’t see how it can do so. Perhaps the site owner can comment. In addition to the plotter, MBA Buzz aggregates blogs by schools and has the obligatory message board.
- Dean’s Talk blog post on "Why Should Deans Blog." I just found this to be a fascinating view on the benefits of blogging. No specific, concrete tie to MBA admissions, but in general it’s valuable for you to have a window into the thoughts of business school leaders.
- Tuck’s application volume and Europe initiative. In parallel with its India Initiative Tuck launched its European Initiative. Within the announcement, Tuck reveals, "Through the first three rounds of applications for the class of 2008, European applications rose approximately 25 percent, as compared with this time last year. As a whole, applications are up about 40 percent." (Emphasis added)
- Businessweek has published a special section on family businesses and includes an article, "Making an Educated Decision" MBA programs that offer something special to MBAs who want to go into a family business. The article is OK as far as it goes, but it leaves out many programs that offer courses on family business dynamics within the MBA program.