skating by

The students were second-rate and the faculty third-rate and graduate education … was a fraud.

Not Ed School. Business School, circa 1959. A commentary in EdWeek traces this story.

In the 1950s, business schools were seen as places for marginal students to skate by, and for privileged students to network into future careers. Yet by the 1980s, business schools were training many of the best and the brightest, and became more prominent within universities. What changed?

Ford Foundation put some $$$ behind Carnegie Mellon and U of Chicago. Not the "greats" - the near greats. They broke the mold. Eventually, the biggies copied their m.o.

Who, the authors wonder, will emerge as transformative Ed Schools? Who will attract the best and brightest?