SANDY SPOUTING OFF ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN THE ADMISSIONS PROCESSS.
News from the schoolsFrom The Economist print edition
Controversy is brewing at Harvard Business School over one of its alumni. Gabriel Ashkenazi graduated from HBS’s eight-week-long Advanced Management Programme in 2004. Recently appointed head of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), General Ashkenazi has been accused by some on campus of overseeing human rights abuses during Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon. The general, who is portrayed as a moderate in Israel’s press, has not been charged with wrongdoing in Israel or abroad. But that hasn’t stopped activists from questioning HBR’s admissions standards (the alleged abuses occurred before Mr Ashkenazi came to Harvard).
The disagreement raises interesting questions over how schools make their admissions decisions. Sandy Kreisberg, an admissions consultant who follows HBS closely, thinks schools should avoid giving politically-motivated groups any sway over their decisions. “It would mean second-guessing military admits from scores of countries, including America,” said Mr Kreisberg.