This Week’s Sign of the Apocalypse
| Peter Klein |
The University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business now requires prospective students to submit a PowerPoint presentation as part of their applications (via Cliff). “We wanted to have a freeform space for students to be able to say what they think is important, not always having the school run that dialogue,” says Rose Martinelli, associate dean for student recruitment and admissions. “To me this is just four pieces of blank paper. You do what you want. It can be a presentation. It can be poetry. It can be anything.” I suppose requiring a written essay, in English prose and following conventional rules of grammar and style, would be unduly confining.
According to Dean Martinelli, as reported in the Washington Post, students “won’t be judged on the quality of their slides. Rather the slides are an outlet for judging the kind of creativity the business world needs.” Adds second-year MBA student Michael Avidan: “If there’s one foundation of business, it’s innovation, and this is your chance to elevate yourself and show you can do something innovative.” Huh?