Turning around its record on women, the new administrators assured themselves, could have an untold impact at other business schools, at companies populated by Harvard alumni and in the Fortune 500, where only 21 chief executives are women.
The institution would become a laboratory for studying how women speak in group settings, the links between romantic relationships and professional status, and the use of everyday measurement tools to reduce bias.“We have to lead the way, and then lead the world in doing it,” said Frances Frei, her words suggesting the school’s sense of mission but also its self-regard. Frei, a popular professor turned administrator who had become a target of student ire, was known for the word “unapologetic,” as in: we are unapologetic about the changes we are making.
Year after year, women who had arrived with the same test scores and grades as men fell behind.
Attracting and retaining female professors was a losing battle; from 2006 to 2007, a third of the female junior faculty left.
Without a suggested word limit from HBS to guide you, it’s a reasonable question to ask.
Ultimately, you have to let the content dictate how long your essay will be, but over the past year we’ve been able to collect enough data at MBA Admissions Advisors to make some reasonable guesses as to how long successful HBS essays typically are.Mc Ginn, a professor who supervised a student study that revealed the grade gap.“It was a dirty secret that wasn’t discussed.”But in 2010, Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard’s first female president, appointed a new dean who pledged to do far more than his predecessors to remake gender relations at the business school.He and his team tried to change how students spoke, studied and socialized.The administrators installed stenographers in the classroom to guard against biased grading, provided private coaching — for some, after every class — for untenured female professors, and even departed from the hallowed case-study method.Some students, like Sheryl Sandberg, class of ’95, the Facebook executive and author of “Lean In,” sailed through.Yet many Wall Street-hardened women confided that Harvard was worse than any trading floor, with first-year students divided into sections that took all their classes together and often developed the overheated dynamics of reality shows.Additionally, the Class of 2013 will see greater representation from students with backgrounds in science, engineering, and manufacturing, leading to fewer students in that class hailing from consulting and finance.The shifts have been part of a change in strategy on the part of the Business School to attract a more diverse student body."This admissions strategy has evolved over the last several years of trying to find ways to increase diversity—including gender, race, ethnicity, professional and academic background—without decreasing quality in order to improve the overall educational experience for everyone in the class," Business School spokesperson Brian C. A quarter of the incoming class will have had backgrounds in financial services, venture capital, and private equity, compared to 32 percent of the Class of 2012.12 percent of 9,134 applicants were admitted to the Class of 2013, compared with 11 percent of 9,524 applicants for 2012.The yield rate rose slightly from 89 percent to 90 percent.