Wharton Students Don't Prepare For Class Because Employers Never Find Out Their Grades

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The most difficult thing about attending Wharton Business School? Getting in.After that, you’re golden.

A recent paper by two Wharton professors reveals that, thanks to a non-disclosure agreement preventing grades from ever being revealed, students often don’t read their assignments or prepare for class, Dealbreaker reports.

Voted on by the students themselves in the early 1990s, the policy takes advantage of Wharton’s name-brand recognition and selectivity. According to the study, the amount of time spent on academics fell by 22% in the first four years after grade non-disclosure was implemented.

While students at a less-selective MBA program might benefit from the individualization of class ranks or higher grades, the two Wharton professors say that those enrolled at an elite school profit enough from the prestige. 

After all, the median starting salary for a Wharton grad is around $145,000 (not including signing bonuses). According to the Wharton graduate association website, non-disclosure exists to “promote cooperative spirit and emphasise long-term learning.” But statistically, it’s only students at elite schools who seem to feel this way.

Currently 7 of the top 10 business schools have a grade non-disclosure policy.

This differs from the situation of law and medical students, who face the prospect of important tests post-graduation no matter what. For them, studying is made worthwhile regardless of whether grades are declared.

Now read about what Harvard B-School is doing to ensure 95% of its students land jobs again this year >

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