For Women, It’s a Mat­ter of Tim­ing

Di­ver­sity ▶ Tak­ing younger stu­dents would draw more fe­male ap­pli­cants ▶ “There’s no ques­tion that we would get more women in”

Bloomberg Businessweek (North America) - - Focus On / Mba -

To­day, women are al­most as likely as men to fill the seats of med­i­cal school and law school class­rooms. Yet the share of women en­rolled in full-time MBA pro­grams hasn’t risen above 32 per­cent in the past decade,

elite busi­ness schools have ratch­eted up the amount of aid tar­geted to fe­male ap­pli­cants. In 2015, 36 MBA pro­grams af­fil­i­ated with the Forté Foun­da­tion, a con­sor­tium of B-schools and cor­po­ra­tions that pro­motes the ad­vance­ment of women in busi­ness, awarded $18.5 mil­lion in schol­ar­ships to women, up from $5.6 mil­lion in 2010.

“There is no bet­ter time to ap­ply to an MBA pro­gram for a woman,” says Ida­lene Kes­ner, the dean at In­di­ana Univer­sity’s Kel­ley School of Busi­ness. When Kes­ner’s daugh­ter, who’s 26, men­tioned she was think­ing about busi­ness school, Kes­ner ad­vised her to pounce. “My ad­vice is, ‘ Think now, think fast.’ ” �Natalie Kitroeff

The bot­tom line B-schools have made less progress than law and med­i­cal schools in boost­ing fe­male en­roll­ment, which is stuck at 32 per­cent.

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