Vault Education Editors

Vault’s Admit One is a blog that covers news and trends in higher education. Admit One contributors offer guidance on applying—and getting into—college, law school and business school. The blog also offers tips on succeeding in school and landing a job post graduation.

Contributors have included:

  • David Limm: David studied journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University.
  • Carolyn Wise: Carolyn holds a degree in English Literature from Princeton University. Carolyn has edited a number of Vault education guides, including Vault Buzz Books and the 2010 Edition of the Vault Guide to Top Internships.

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Dean of NYU-Stern on the Benefits of an MBA, Leadership

by Vault Education Editors  |  July 15, 2011

The MBA is not a vocational degree anymore, says NYU-Stern's Dean Thomas Cooley. Not at the top schools, at least. At the best business schools, students engage their business minds in all sorts of ways--not just critically and analytically, but historically and ethically. And that's more than what you get out of an apprenticeship model. Dean Cooley also addresses the question of whether leadership can be taught. He says something like, you can teach certain... Read More >

Law Prof: Problem Is Law Schools Keep Helping the Wealthy

by Vault Education Editors  |  July 14, 2011

In older times, faced with the choice of attending Harvard Law School at full price or Duke on scholarship for half the price, the choice was that there was no choice at all. In the credential-obsessed legal world, Harvard would open more and pricier and arguably better doors than Duke. Even for people of limited-to-modest means, the choice was simple, because tuition was affordable, and if it wasn't, debts were easily manageable.Go to the best law school you can get into. For a long... Read More >

Unemployed? Thinking about an MBA? Get a Job First

by Vault Education Editors  |  July 14, 2011

by EssaySnarkGetting laid off is no fun. On top of being broke, a layoff can involve a hit to the self-esteem and a lot of self-doubt. It can also prompt some soul-searching. Sometimes, getting laid off motivates people to go back to school.If you're out of work and think you might want to go for your MBA-or if you're considering quitting a job you hate to do so-carefully consider your strategy.It's much easier to get into b-school if you have a job. This is especially true right... Read More >

Changes in Death-Care Industry Show Need for MBA in Funeral

by Vault Education Editors  |  July 13, 2011

Death-care, a multi-billion dollar industry, has suffered a lot of changes in recent times. Big changes are needed and coming.  The more macabre among MBA hopefuls might consider getting a funeral services MBA (FuSeMBA).For funeral companies competition is heating up. In Europe, for example, new rules will allow more private companies to vie with public providers in selling funeral services and products. Meanwhile, rising demand for cremations, "green" funerals and more... Read More >

Can You Tell if an MBA Is a Liar and a Cheat?

by Vault Education Editors  |  July 12, 2011

How to know if an MBA is a liar and a cheat? The face is a tell, or course. But it's not by looking at the eyes or at the subtle contortions of the mouth, brow or cheeks. It's the wideness of the face. A recent study using MBA students found that a wide face-known for indicating aggressiveness-also correlates to a certain dishonest quality.In both a staged negotiation using MBA students and a separate experiment in which ordinary undergraduates were given an... Read More >

The Higher Ed Debate: A Summary of Arguments

by Vault Education Editors  |  July 12, 2011

Here's a roundup of some arguments for and some against going to college. Seeing them together, it really makes you think about how all of these viewpoints are correct, in some regard. There's circumstantial validity to each, but college is obviously not a one-size-fits-all institution. Arguments about the value of higher education as a whole can usually only speak to one or two points at a time (the limits of making arguments in short-form media). The decision to pursue degrees... Read More >

Marc Andreessen: MBA Indicator Shows No Tech Bubble

by Vault Education Editors  |  July 11, 2011

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt recently said that you only know it's a bubble when the bubble ends. But when the press starts calling something a bubble, that's a good time to pay attention. And now's a good time to pay attention. Venture Capitalist and Netscape founder Marc Andreessen says there is no tech bubble, and uses a different indicator: MBAs. (This will sound familiar if you've heard of Ray Soifer's Harvard MBA Indicator)Marc Andreessen... Read More >

3 Reasons Why B-School Visits Are a Good Idea

by Vault Education Editors  |  July 07, 2011

By EssaySnarkWhy is visiting schools before applying for your MBA so important? Here are some questions to consider: Would you buy a car without test-driving it first? We're not the first to use this metaphor, but it works. Applying for an MBA program without visiting first is like buying a car sight-unseen. (Derrick Bolton, Stanford's head of admissions, actually equates it to buying a house-the cost of tuition plus the opportunity cost of foregoing a salary for two years.)... Read More >

The Two Most Important Things in an Internship

by Vault Education Editors  |  July 06, 2011

A worthwhile internship is one part education and one part experience, says career expert Heather Huhman, author of the book Lies, Damned Lies & Internships. Actually, not quite half and half:So in an ideal world an internship is at least 51 percent education and obviously 49 percent actually doing, practicing what you've learned. Depending on what level of education your have, at least 51 percent of it should be devoted to education as opposed to actually doing. An internship is... Read More >

Did Some Law Schools Actually Shrink Enrollment?

by Vault Education Editors  |  July 06, 2011

Legal jobs vanished. Fewer people applied to law schools. Some schools cut enrollment. There are too many lawyers.For the JD-curious, Zac Bissonette repeats what can always use repeating:My advice to would-be law students is this: Don't think that law school is a guarantee of anything, and only consider going if the career you are passionate about involves being a lawyer. Keep your ego out of it, and don't be seduced by the bright lights of a J.D. Finally, let your results on the... Read More >

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