Oct 20, 2017

M.B.A. programs consider closing as students lose interest

Students walk on the University of Vermont campus. Photo: Toby Talbot / AP

Business schools are reevaluating their programs, some even considering closing their doors, because students are losing interest in applying, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: While M.B.A. programs were once vital for careers in fields like finance, fewer employers are able to cover the cost of the degree, making it less alluring to employees. A second-year M.B.A. student at the University of Wisconsin, Diego Hahn, asked the WSJ, "Are we just going to get rid of all top public M.B.A. programs...and only let those who can afford to go to private school earn this type of education?"

The University of Wisconsin's business school, one of the oldest in the country, is voting to close in November, the WSJ reports. They follow University of Iowa and Wake Forest University, which ended its full-time MBA program and is offering MBA evening and weekend classes in addition to specialized master's programs.

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Hungary's Viktor Orbán granted sweeping powers amid coronavirus crisis

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Hungary's parliament passed a law Monday to allow Prime Minister Viktor Orbán almost unlimited power, for an indefinite period, to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Why it matters: Hungary has taken a sharply authoritarian turn over the past decade under Orbán, and its likely that he and other strongman leaders around the world will seek to maintain powers they gain during the current crisis long after it's over.

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BIG3 to create a hybrid reality show about quarantine basketball

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Sports are on pause, and there's no timetable for their return. In the interim, leagues, teams and athletes are getting creative with ways to keep fans engaged.

The latest: A "quarantined reality show basketball tournament," courtesy of the BIG3, the upstart 3-on-3 basketball league founded by Ice Cube and his longtime business partner Jeff Kwatinetz.