Chicago Booth’s new dean was interviewed recently re the new undergrad business econ track, and his take on this was fascinating:
Some of the dean’s analysis (found on page 2 of the article), may stop some like @marlowe1 in their tracks:
“There are faculty in the humanities who feel we may be doing too much pre-professional education. But more and more students want that. They want to do things that are applied and drive them into careers they want to do. Within the economics track, which was a very theoretical major, if we can carve out the 70% to 80% who want something more applied, it can potentially be a big play for us and the university as a whole.”
““One of the reasons that is important is if you look at the last 15 years the reputation of Chicago undergrad has grown phenomenally,” says Rajan. “They are now in the top two or three universities and they have amazing admission rates. The fact that Booth had no connection with the university was just a missed opportunity. This was an incredible asset base.”
“A student coming into the university would do the Chicago core, the liberal arts curriculum, then they would take classes in the department, things like macro and micro economics and empirical methods, and then they would take classes at Booth in things like accounting, marketing, and finance. These will be students with incredible market value when they finish. When I speak to our alumni in private equity and other fields, they say they are going to come and hire everyone of these kids.
“There will be a lot of finance courses because there is a huge appetite among the undergrads to get into finance which I feel is great for us."
Chicago undergrads taking marketing and accounting classes at a business school? Bending a curriculum to student interest for applied (pre-professional) learning? Say it ain’t so!
And, here’s the kicker:
“These will be students with incredible market value when they finish. When I speak to our alumni in private equity and other fields, they say they are going to come and hire everyone of these kids.”
Developing students with “market value” and establishing a pipeline to private equity firms? @marlowe1 and others - what’s going on?