What’s Wrong With Business Education?

by Jason Fertig

In my Pope Center commentary, I revisit Higher Education for Business by Robert Gordon and James Howell, a lengthy study sponsored by the Ford Foundation in 1959 on the state of business education.

While it will not surprise some readers, the critiques of business education in 1959 are still valid today — there is disagreement over whether business education is supposed to narrowly prepare students for their first job, or if it should provide a broader educational experience.

Many students who are more broadly educated are better prepared for the abstract nature of their future jobs than those who have a steady diet of credentialing in vocational classes.