In yesterday’s overview of the rigged system and biased feedback loop of school rankings -> school admissions practices, we challenged the admissions directors at the top schools in America to change the status quo, to use this moment in time of upheaval in their ecosystem to do things differently.
Our diatribe laid blame for the situation at the feet of the rankings themselves, the publications like Bloomberg BusinessWeek and U.S. News for having such skewed methodologies that reward schools for essentially perpetuating the injustices that are currently built into the system.
Why did we not call out for the rankings to change?
Well, that’s an obvious change that needs to happen, too — and perhaps those publications will acknowledge their position of power and do something differently this year as well.
But we didn’t focus our criticisms there, or talk about the need for publications issuing rankings to modify their methodologies, because the schools are making the decisions that affect the lives of individuals like you.
It’s the SCHOOLS that need to change. If the schools shrug off the tyranny that they’ve accepted from the system that the rankings has created, the schools will be free, and all of us collectively will be better for it.
So then, which schools seem to be showing signs of a willingness to do that?
And then taking this one step further: Which schools might you want to be focusing your efforts on applying to, if you also care about these things?
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Coronavirus has tested all of us, and large organizations have had to adapt and be nimble at unprecedented rates.
If business school is ostensibly to teach you skills in innovation, crisis management, leadership, and oh yeah, ethics in business and society, then watching what a school does and how their policies SHOW that the school understands those things can be instructive to you as you decide which school can serve your needs in a changing world.
This is not the only way to evaluate whether you might be interested in a school or not — but it can be an interesting lens to view them through, as you sort through and identify what schools might be a match to you — beyond just what the rankings assert.