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B-School Flap at Ohio U.


It's an unsettling time for the Ohio University's College of Business.

First an internal audit found that in 2002 clerical errors allowed one student in the school's MBA program in India to graduate when he shouldn't have and three others to advance with GPAs below the minimum. Now a marketing professor, who claims that the problems in the India program were intentional, has raised new assertions that the business school dean is rewarding professors with improper pay, according to the campus newspaper.

The dean, Glenn Corlett, denies any improper use of money, which is from a philanthropic endowment and is used to supplement salaries of professors, the campus paper, The Post, reported.

The flap at the business school comes at a time when Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, is grappling with issues of widespread cheating and the arrest of several student athletes on charges of fighting, and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The university is also looking into alleged cases of plagiarism involving current and former graduate students in the university's Russ College of Engineering and Technology. In late September, the college organized a campus-wide "Day of Discourse" to discuss the dishonesty charges.

The latest flap in the business school involves a marketing professor, Ashok Gupta, who asserts that the manipulation of grades in the India program was intentional, aimed at maintaining the program's competitive edge with prospective students in India and to keep the tuition dollars flowing to the college of business.

An internal audit of the incident provided by the school to BusinessWeek.com found that the problems in the program "were a result of inadequate training of college staff." The school's president, Roderick J. McDavis, in an Oct. 4 statement to the college community, without mentioning Gupta by name, said the allegations of mismanagement were thoroughly investigated. "There is no evidence of wrongdoing," he said.

Gupta, in an interview with BusinessWeek.com, says that he was threatened with loss of tenure for tarnishing the reputation of the business school.

Corlett, in a separate interview, admitted threatening Gupta's tenure, but instead removed him from a professor's chair. Corlett said that because of Gupta's accusations to the media against fellow professors, he had forfeited a leadership position.

Female Football Player Joins Chicago GSB

Teresa Erickson traded in pigskins and protective gear for PDAs and Excel spreadsheets, as the former linebacker for the Cincinnati Sizzle entered University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business this fall.

For two and a half years Erickson, now 26, played for the National Women's Football Assn.??he largest (and largely unknown) women's tackle football league in the world. This time-consuming, though part-time, activity taught the sales engineer to learn from, motivate, and rely on her teammates??uch as she'll have to do for countless group projects in B-school.

So will men??r female football buffs??ant the former linebacker on their team? Erickson laughs and says, "We're just getting into the semester, so I don't really know about that. A lot of people admire what I did. It takes a lot of work and determination. There were definitely days I wanted to quit."

Luckily she stayed with it, and now has brought her talents to a new turf.

Best B-Schools for Hispanics and Mexicans

Hispanic Business magazine named Stanford Graduate School of Business as the best graduate B-school for Hispanics in September. Rounding out the top five were Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

"Promoting and encouraging a diverse community where Hispanic students can thrive was a key element that set this year's schools apart," wrote the magazine (see BusinessWeek.com, 6/14/06, "A B-School Boot Camp for Minorities".

Stanford also topped the list for the best Global MBA for Mexicans in Expansi??n magazine's inaugural ranking, entitled "The Best Global MBAs 2006." Rounding out the top five were Harvard, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, and London Business School. These schools are said to best power the career of a Mexican manager.

Expansi??n is Mexico's leading bi-monthly business magazine; it rated schools based on academic quality, number of foreign students, return on global investment, and value in the Mexican market.

Maryland Partners with Chinese Reality Show

In the increasingly crowded higher education market in China, U.S. business schools are trying to compete??iterally??n a marketplace paved with opportunities and challenges. The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business has partnered with China's popular Win in China, a reality program in the style of The Apprentice.

In addition to offering Smith Scholarships as prizes to the winners of the popular, nationally televised program, the Win in China??mith Business Plan Competition will complement the reality series, awarding scholarships (valued at up to $100,000) for Smith's executive education programs to the winners of the Win in China television program.

On the program, rather than having Chinese entrepreneurs compete for a chance to work for "The Donald," contestants vie for eight grand prizes that include all-expense-paid trips to the U.S. for business training at Smith. In addition to the training packages, valued at $100,000, cash prizes totaling $50,000 will be awarded to the top three winners.

Entrepreneurs with a China-based business idea or model are invited to enter between now until January 1, 2007 at the Smith China Web site or via the official competition portal, Yahoo! China.

In Brief

Uniting the Big Ten: Student leaders from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, and Purdue met in Chicago on Sept. 29 at the first ever Big Ten Regional version of the Global Graduate Business Conference (GBC). Koji Sado, president of Purdue's Krannert Graduate Student Assn., says the meeting served three purposes: Networking with student leaders from different MBA programs, learning best practices from other student associations, and providing similar experiences for student leaders who didn't have a chance to go to the GBC.

Schools Set Capital Campaigns: Virginia's Darden School of Business announced a $150 million capital campaign for faculty, research, teacher training, technology, and scholarships. Columbia University has just launched the largest capital campaign in U.S. higher education with its $4 billion goal by 2012. A portion of the money, up to 10%, will be allotted to Columbia's business school.


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