Wow has it been busy in the MBA world! Take a couple of days off and everything starts happening.
- Chicago Booth announced the availability of no-cosignor loans for its students. Chicago Booth and Associate Dean Rose Martinelli have worked hard to ensure access to international students since alternative sources of funding for international students dried up last fall. With this deal involving Deutsche Bank and The International Student Loan Program they appear to have a means of ensuring that all Booth MBA students will have access to funding "up to the total cost of attendance, less any financial aid received"
- Harvard Students Voluntarily Take Ethics Oath. A growing percentage of Harvard's Class of 2009 is pledging itself to an ethical code drafted by HBS students. In less than one week, slightly less than 30% of the HBS class has agreed to the oath and as of today it is about 37%. However commendable this initiative, the cynical comments that accompany the NY Times article about the oath say much about the reputation of business and MBAs. Only widespread living up to the oath can repair that sullied reputation.
- Wharton releases deadlines for 2009-10. The submission deadlines are October 1, 2009, January 5, 2010, and March 9, 2010. Yes. You read correctly: The first round submission deadline is October 1, and that is 9 days earlier than last year's deadline. The first round deadlines have been edging earlier and earlier. Wharton's questions should be released in "mid-July."
- Kellogg announces the retirement of Dean Dipak C. Jain after eight years in office. Reasons for the departure were not revealed. Kellogg will appoint an interim dean and then launch a national search for Jain's replacement.
- BusinessWeek has published excellent interviews with the respective admissions directors of UCLA Anderson and INSEAD.
At Accepted.com there is also a lot going on for MBA applicants.