EssaySnark was floored – really truly floored – on Friday when we got the email below.
We have never before been approached by a school about anything. In fact, the times that we have approached the schools ourselves, we haven’t exactly been given the warmest of receptions. You think there’s a stigma for you in using an admissions consultant? Try BEING an admissions consultant and see how much the adcoms like you. Our opinions on that shortsighted attitude will be reserved for another post.
Back to our new favoritist bschool in the world. We’re gonna just let this one stand on its own, exactly as it came in to us (and boy we hope that the sender doesn’t mind that we’re doing this – we’re guessing not but we’re not usually in the habit of publishing people’s emails verbatim like this).
On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM, some-really-awesome-person-from-UNC wrote:
The only thing that the ‘Snark has to offer here is that the post he’s referring to was from May 6th a year ago (2011) — we haven’t really gathered a lot of new information since then, personally or from our clients, about the online MBA or the specific UNC option, to refute or modify the opinions and concerns that we had in that original post. (We did have a handful of clients accepted to UNC this past season, though they haven’t matriculated yet.)
Regardless, the information that UNC has provided to the ‘Snark is plenty helpful. And, the one big reality that we didn’t acknowledge in last year’s write-up is important to acknowledge now. The very real fact is that more and more of business today is distributed. Workplaces are no longer static, fixed offices where everyone is gathered together in one location. Teams are global, and virtual and that is only going to increase as you continue your careers. So, our complaint that the UNC online program is a disadvantage due to lack of real-time talking to people in 3D experiences… maybe that’s not as big of a drawback as we originally were thinking.
We’re gonna be taking Mr. UNC up on his offer to learn more about the virtual classroom experience and will report back when we do. We make a point of visiting several bschools every year — yes, just like we tell all of you, we go out on campus tours, too. The fact that UNC brings the classroom to you and me is kinda appealing.