October 25, 2017

"Wisconsin School of Business drops plan to suspend MBA program."

The Wisconsin State Journal reports.
The business school will "stop further discussion of the one-year suspension of the full-time MBA," Dean Anne P. Massey wrote in a statement Wednesday, less than a week after news of the proposal broke publicly and two days after the business school announced the details of its plan.
From the letter:
We have heard from our community of students, alumni, and friends; therefore, we are going to stop further discussion of the one-year suspension of the full-time MBA. We moved too quickly without the broad consultation and discussion that our stakeholders can and should expect....
Sometimes the shock of surprise works, but these days, opposition can mobilize quickly, as happened here.

14 comments:

TreeJoe said...

Why is there absolutely no rationale, in this reporting, as to WHY they were planning to suspend the MBA program?

LarsPorsena said...

Suspension of the MBA program? How about graduate work in Women's Studies?
No demand for MBA's but lots for graduates of various 'studies' programs?

Curious George said...

"and friends?"

What does that mean.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

I would think giving yourself a reputation as a program "about to go under" would be bad for business. You would think a business school ( at least one that did not deserve to go under ) would consider such things.

Danno said...

Wisconsin's overall business school is rated pretty well and has a good reputation. Since the MBA program is part of that, what were they thinking?

Curious George said...

If students, alumni, and friends are now determined to have a better idea of how to run the UW School of Business let's can the dean and all the other overpaid morons on the committee. Save the taxpayers some money.

James Pawlak said...

Considering the excess of under-disciplined lawyers in Wisconsin, I suggest that UW suspend the activities of its Law School for four-plus years.

TWW said...

Well, at least it will make a good case study.

buwaya said...

"How about graduate work in Women's Studies?"

There are professional networks of arranging careers for these.
From what I have seen a fair number go on to Ed school and become teachers.

n.n said...

Women's Studies... professional networks... a fair number go on to Ed school and become teachers

So, feminism is a hook to get women to enter the feminists' stereotype of feminine occupation, but with a progressive chip on their shoulder. A part and parcel of the diversity racket with benefits, that employees NPR and similar to ask the question: do you believe color diversity quotas discriminate against black Americans in the U.S. today?

Left Bank of the Charles said...

I don’t see any mention of faculty in the constituencies to be consulted, so that must mean the business school faculty supported the suspension. Interesting. I’m guessing that was sold as a one year transition between the old program and the new where the faculty got paid but only had to teach second year students, half the teaching load.

It was a bit disingenuous, suspending for one year. How would they spin starting up again after the temporary suspension? At the same time, why would a student now sign up to start the MBA program next fall? So maybe they nit getting their fulll complement of students would accomplish much of the original intent.

Oso Negro said...

Suspend African-American studies for a few years. It isn't like Wisconsin is going to run out of black people.

Josephbleau said...

What you look for in a great MBA program is a dean who makes incisive valuable decisions that promote the business and enhance its reputation.

stlcdr said...

After announcing that pizza would not be served in the cafeteria, the resultant outrage from students forced to not only put pizza back on the menu, but also pay students to eat it.