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Thursday, April 21, 2005

B-Schools -- Grade Inflation

One of my first sem Prof used to joke " Dont worry about grades , MBA afterall stands for "Mostly B's & A's" " . Unfortunately that seems to be the truth. B-Schools have experienced rampant Grade Inflations in recent years. Adopting a student centric approach , most B-schools have tried to satisfy students by giving them good grades ( rarely giving anything less than a "C" ). But is this a fair approach ? Why are students obsessed about grades (This has an answer -- in the quest of lucrative jobs ) ? Should B-schools continue to be "nice" to students ? These are some of the Questions answered in this BusinessWeek article.

The article also talks about some schools which have adopted a simplistic "Pass/Fail" Grade approach.

Afterall , the true value of MBA lies beyond mere grades.Its all about "true learning". The grades must be just incidental. The Wise ones realize this early and the rest keep chasing the grades !


  • One of my profs used to say MBA is Money Before All. BTW do you have to disclose your grades to the recruiters? We had to do this during our placements.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 10:26 PM  

  • If the wise don't care about grades, why is grade inflation 'unfortunate'?

    By Blogger Bogatyr, at 12:54 PM  

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    By Blogger Cogito, at 9:18 PM  

  • Kaps, We need to disclose the grades if asked.Thought at IIM's you need to disclose it only for ur "dream" cos ?

    Carp,Its unfortunate because its unfair.Also students become obsessed on grades and try to satisfy the teachers rather than satisfying themselves.

    For eg, the folklore goes that Fedex was born from the term paper Fred Smith wrote which got a "C" at Yale. He challenged the conventional thinking by saying express mail can be routed through a " Hub & Spoke" System.

    If someone cares only about the grades he/she would never come up with a radical idea but instead opt for "safe ones".

    Its always good to be nice to people but what is important more than being nice is being fair.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 9:20 PM  

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