Harvard | Mr. Strategy Consultant Middle East
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Chemical Engineering Dad
GMAT 710, GPA 3.50
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Startup Experience
GMAT 700, GPA 8.1/10
Kellogg | Mr. Energy Strategy Consultant
GMAT 740, GPA 2.4 undergrad, 3.7 Masters of Science
Harvard | Mr. French In Japan
GMAT 720, GPA 14,3/20 (French Scale), Top 10%
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Ex-MBB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Mr. Energy Saver
GMAT 760, GPA 8.98/10.0
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare IT
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Sustainable Minimalist
GMAT 712, GPA 7.3
NYU Stern | Ms. Indian PC
GRE 328, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Mr. Non-Profit Researcher
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Government Entrepreneur
GMAT 770, GPA 8.06/10
Kellogg | Mr. Another Strategy Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 5.5/10
Harvard | Mr. Med Device Manufacturing
GRE 326, GPA 2.9
Columbia | Mr. Consultant Transitioning To Family Venture
GMAT 740, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. First Generation College Graduate
GRE 324, GPA Low
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Want To Make An Impact
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Columbia | Mr. Pharmacy District Manager
GMAT 610, GPA 3.2
Ross | Mr. Military To Corporate
GRE 326, GPA 7.47/10
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00
Kellogg | Mr. Tech Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Ms. Transportation Engineer Turn Head Of Logistics
GRE 314, GPA 3.84 (Class Topper)
Wharton | Ms. M&A Tax To Saving The World (TM)
GMAT 780, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Aspiring Unicorn Founder
GMAT Haven't taken, GPA 3.64
Stanford GSB | Mr. Resume & MBA/MS Program Guidance
GMAT 650, GPA 2.75
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Renewable Energy Sales Manager
GMAT 700, GPA 3.9
Darden | Ms. Structural Design Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6

Which B-School Fits Your Personality?

A case study professor in action at Harvard Business School

A case study professor in action at Harvard Business School

Match Your Personality to a B-School Teaching Style

For many applicants, a school’s teaching method is the last factor they weigh in choosing an MBA program. But then classes start…and they learn just how important it really is.

This week, Stacy Blackman, an author and consultant on MBA programs, outlined the three major teaching styles used by top programs. According to Blackman, this factor is even more important than rankings and location in helping students get the most from their two-year investment.

These teaching styles include:

1) Case: Used extensively at Harvard and Darden, this method requires students to review and debate real-world business scenarios. The benefit, of course, is exposure to a variety of opinions and experiences. However, individuals who are uncomfortable with public speaking will undoubtedly wither in this environment. Still, the method forces students to come prepared and defend their ideas, a key skill in any organization.

2) Lecture: Do you disengage or doze if you’re not included in discussions? Well, you may want to cross Carnegie Melon and USC off your list. Proponents of lectures contend that it is the best method to help students understand key business concepts and methods. It also enables professors to transmit a larger volume of information to students. Unlike the case methods, lectures appeal to more introverted students.

3) Experiential: This is the proverbial “learn-by-doing” method. This style fits students with an entrepreneurial bent, who want to get out of the classroom and get their hands dirty. Experiential learning is most frequently associated with Vanderbilt and Michigan. These schools, along with Harvard, are known for providing real-world group projects that help students turn their knowledge into practice in the field.

Sure, every program includes a mix of all three styles. But knowing which methodology is predominant can help students find schools that fit their comfort zone and build on their strengths.

Source: U.S. News and World Report

Top Schools Are Sitting on the Online Sidelines

Looking for a grand manifesto with few details (and even fewer examples)? Check out this column from Haven Ladd in The Financial Times. Without calling out specific schools (or citing studies or experts), Ladd announces that the leading MBA programs are failing to embrace online education.

Ladd notes that the top MBA programs are competing “for the same (or smaller) pools of applicants,” adding that “while overall tuition prices have steadily increased, the perceived value of an elite MBA is declining.” Ouch!onlinedegree

At least Ladd offers a solution. Well, sort of. He begins by noting that “there is no consensus as to the ‘right’ way to use online offerings.” As Ladd notes, this void gives leading programs “the opportunity to innovate the business of business education.” Mind blowing!

His prescription for the Whartons and Booths? Decrease the class sizes of their brick-and-mortar programs and launch hybrid and online courses with the same rigor of their traditional programs. The benefit: “…schools could extend their brands by reaching larger – and potentially more talented – applicant pools from all over the world.” Just one question: Aren’t the most talented students already chasing the top MBA programs? Wait, a follow up question: Aren’t these schools extremely selective for a reason? Wouldn’t they tarnish their brand and dilute the experience by weeding the group with second or third-tier talents?

Agree or disagree? We’ll let you be the judge of whether this is a serious proposal – or just trite bellyaching (and poor editing).

Source: Financial Times

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