MBA Program Fails To Make Dealbreaker Ranking, Will Fold

Sorry Wisconsin School Of Business, we're more powerful than we know.
Future Panera Bread location. Corey Coyle [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Future Panera Bread location. Corey Coyle [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The University of Wisconsin’s a pretty good school. And its business school is both very old and pretty good, as well—by some measures. BUT NOT BY OURS. Is it any surprise, then, that just 10 months after we snubbed the UW School of Business’s MBA program, said school is looking long and hard at shutting down said program?

An administrator at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business said the school is reviewing its business programs, a process that may result in ending its full-time master’s of business administration program in favor of adding shorter, more specialized degrees….

Business school faculty in Madison, Wis., will vote on the decision in early November, according to a person familiar with the matter.

There are, of course, some contributing factors to the MBA program’s demise, such as the fact that no one wants an MBA anymore, that getting an MBA makes you too soft to be able to pay it off, that going to business school involves subjecting oneself to psycho- and sociopaths, and Wisconsin’s current skinflint, college drop-out governor. But clearly the school’s absence from the DB 25 was the coup de grâce, even if the enrollment statistics don’t show it.

About 100 students enrolled in the Wisconsin full-time M.B.A. program last month, steady with the class size two years prior.

Luckily for them, Wisconsin doesn’t plan to turn the lights off until 15 minutes after those lucky kids get their degrees. Still, the last two UW MBA classes aren’t happy about that status.

Diego Hahn, a second-year M.B.A. at Wisconsin, said Thursday that he was dismayed to learn that the program may be on the chopping block. “Are we just going to get rid of all top public M.B.A. programs because they are loss leaders, and only let those who can afford to go to a private school earn this type of education?” Mr. Hahn asked.

Remember who is president, Diego. And remember where he went to business school. Now answer that question yourself. Congratulations, you've demonstrated enough reasoning skills to earn an M.B.A.

M.B.A. Program at University of Wisconsin May Be on the Chopping Block [WSJ]


Let’s Exchange Heated Words Over: Business School Rankings

US News has regaled us with its annual ranking of the top business schools. I know you need a safe space to get huffy about perceived slights (be it your MBA program being lower than you believe is accurate or by having to suffer the indignity of an inferior institution being too close on the list), so let it out here and now.