GME: Today & Tomorrow Spring 2020

R egardless of your graduate management education (GME) program’s unique qualities, there’s no denying that we’re living in a time of radical change in the world of GME admissions. In order to spark discussion about the challenges ahead and inspire new approaches for overcoming them, Liaison International recently hosted a roundtable forum featuring several GME experts.

The forum was moderated by Robert Ruiz, Managing Director of BusinessCAS. Below are just a few of the factors the group identified as key drivers of today’s evolving GME environment. UNPREDICTABLE INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION TRENDS It would be a mistake to assume that every GME program shares the same concerns about international applications. For example, international students accounted for 50% of the University of Kansas GME applicant pool in 2015, according to Steinle. By 2018, that figure had dropped to just 11%. On the other hand, Carver said his GME program had experienced a somewhat mystifying lack of change in that area. Two years ago, the school focused heavily on recruiting international students, as evidenced by the fact that 50% of its travel budget was devoted to overseas recruiting trips. The following year, he switched gears to focus on the theme, “All In On Domestic.” His staff only traveled overseas once,



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