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August 31, 2011

Graduate Business Association Introduces Grade Non-Disclosure

The new student guideline encourages students not to disclose their grades to potential employers until they have accepted a full-time position.

Topics: Leadership

The Graduate Business Administration (GBA) has announced that as the result of a student-led referendum, students have adopted a community norm of grade non-disclosure as of August 1, 2011.

The new student guideline encourages students not to disclose their grades and transcripts to potential employers until they have accepted a full-time position. More than 90 percent of the student body — both MBA and Executive MBA students — voted on the new collective norm, which is also in effect at peer institutions including the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

“We believe that grade non-disclosure promotes greater academic risk-taking, teamwork, experiential learning, and community building in the classroom, resulting in more well-rounded graduates, better employees, and stronger leaders,” says Philip Crouse ‘12. While each student has the legal right to determine whether or not to disclose his or her grades, the student body chose grade non‑disclosure as a collective norm.

The School’s Career Management Center is apprising recruiters of the student vote and advising them that as important members of the community, it is in their interest to factor this student norm into their recruiting strategy and refrain from asking student candidates to disclose grades until a student has accepted a full-time, post-graduation employment offer. Students are at liberty to share academic honors.

 

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