Undergrad Business Students Work Least, Learn Least?

April 28, 2011 by  
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The NY Times lambasted undergraduate business majors in a major expose on what college students are actually learning.
Business majors spend less time preparing for class than do students in any other broad field, according to the most recent National Survey of Student Engagement: nearly half of seniors majoring in business say they spend fewer than 11 hours a week studying outside class. (NY Times 4/14/11)
With 20% of all undergrads majoring in business, this is no small concern.  We have been advising families for years against the undergraduate business major (except at a small handful of colleges with truly outstanding programs), due to the lack of rigor and skill building in the business major curriculum. To measure the failure of... Read More »

Starting Salaries for Selected College Majors

June 21, 2010 by  
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I take all of the data I see with a huge grain of salt, especially when it comes to average salaries, because gathering  accurate salary data is nearly impossible without access to tax returns.  However, even if the below salary numbers are not accurate, they are likely representative of an overall pattern.  For some number of years, engineers, particularly in the chemical and petroleum sectors have been receiving higher starting salaries than their classmates.  Computer Science majors have also been both highly sought after and well-paid.  As for grads with Business or Marketing degrees, their starting salary may appear to be respectable, but the demand for their services has not been high... Read More »