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,
GME: TODAY & TOMORROW | SPRING 2020
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