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ERIC Number: EJ1063276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1540-4595
Does the MBA Experience Support Diversity? Demographic Effects on Program Satisfaction
Arbaugh, J. B.; Bento, Regina; Hwang, Alvin
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v8 n2 p391-415 Jul 2010
Using data provided by graduates from 128 MBA programs, we examined the extent to which age, gender, and ethnicity predicted student perceptions of the MBA experience. We found that women and minorities were more likely to see program costs and the availability of financial support as significant factors in their program enrollment decisions than were Caucasian males. The most consistent predictor of students' perceptions of their educational experience was whether the MBA program was full time or part time, with full-time programs generally perceived more favorably. Our findings suggest that because diversity measures of age, gender, and ethnicity were not consistent predictors across the different perception areas, at minimum, MBA programs presently do not consistently inhibit diversity. However, given the increasing percentage of women and minorities that comprise the undergraduate population, maintaining the present path in program accessibility may create enrollment problems for MBA programs perhaps in the very near future. Therefore, we conclude with a discussion of the changing demographics in higher education and their potential implications for MBA programs and suggestions for how MBA programs might respond.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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