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New Report Assesses Top MBA Programs on Diversity Outreach Efforts
New report delivers innovative framework for evaluating graduate business schools on their diversity recruitment practices with individual assessments of more than 50 top MBA programs
Stamford, CT (April 23, 2013) – Top business schools that have at least one diversity-related page on their websites significantly outperformed those that do not in all categories of the new Diversity Recruitment framework, says a new report issued today by DiversityMBAPrep.
The report, called the MBAdvantage: Diversity Outreach Benchmarking Report, offers an innovative framework for evaluating graduate business schools on their diversity recruitment practices and includes individual assessments of more than 50 top MBA programs. It also provides a structured approach to diversity outreach efforts aimed at increasing the number of women and under-represented minorities in top MBA programs.
Currently, women and under-represented minorities make up less than 32% and 10%, respectively, of the 56 MBA programs assessed in the report.
“The numbers of women and under-represented minorities in MBA programs have not substantially changed in the last ten years,” Nicole Lindsay, author of the report and founder of DiversityMBAPrep, said. “When you consider that women make up over half of the population and Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans account for almost 30% of the U.S. population, we have a huge issue that needs to be addressed within business schools.”
Leveraging her experience in MBA admissions, recruiting, and coaching, Lindsay shares diversity outreach best practices and offers recommendations to help business schools strengthen their diversity outreach efforts. She also challenges business schools to commit to achieving a student population that includes 40% women and 15% under-represented minorities by the year 2020.
“The time to act is now,” Lindsay said. “Business schools and diversity pipeline organizations have to take bold action if we are to make progress in diversifying MBA programs.”
The full report is available at DiversityMBAPrep.com.
DiversityMBAPrep is the only online community that brings together women and minorities interested in pursuing their MBA degrees. The organization aims to significantly increase diversity at top MBA programs by providing honest, pointed insight and direction to applicants and to business schools.