HARVARD B-SCHOOL: A WOMAN PROBLEM
WOMEN'S STATUS IS A HOT topic at Harvard business school. A task force is meeting with Dean Kim Clark to recommend changes aimed at making the school friendlier to women. Among the problems they see are a fraternity-style atmosphere in some first-year sections and a lack of day-care facilities for students who are mothers. Clark says he's looking forward to meeting with the task force, made up mostly of students. ''We are committed to changes that will make a difference,'' he says.
Since formation of the task force last summer, another issue has popped up: declining female enrollment. Harvard's 913-member class of '98 is just 24% female, the lowest level since 1983; it's down from 29% in the '96 class. At other elite B-schools, women make up a larger portion. Stanford's first-year class, for instance, has been about 30% female for years. And generally, there's a 50-50 balance at medical and law schools.
The school calls the dip in women an anomaly that next fall's class will reverse. Some say it may stem from a huge surge in male applicants for the '98 class.
EDITED BY LARRY LIGHT
Updated June 15, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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