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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Northwestern: You're in ... no, wait ... you're not

Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management missed a chance for a great social experiment: Would randomly accepted applicants do just about as well as carefully selected applicants?

The school accidentally sent acceptance letters to 50 students who weren't actually accepted -- blaming, of course, a computer glitch. But instead of quietly hiding this fact, letting the students attend, and then see how well they did, Kellogg informed them that they weren't accepted after all. Fifty students wouldn't have been that big an increment to a school that accepts about 1000 a year.

More here.

Kellogg is one of the top business schools in the country, but I'm guessing they might not be at the very top in operations research.

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