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Coronavirus: Stanford GSB Dean Message For Students

Read our March 24 roundup for the latest news on the impact of coronavirus on business schools, as Stanford GSB Dean Jon Levin delivers a message for his students

Tue Mar 24 2020


March 24 Roundup

 Stanford GSB dean with a reassuring message 

“With the first weeks behind us, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on our shared situation, and to express my appreciation and gratitude for the GSB community,” writes Stanford GSB dean Jon Levin  

“We have faced the disappointment of losing the traditional experience of spring quarter, long-planned events, and even commencement. The world looks less friendly to students looking ahead to the job market, and to those of us anxious about family members. All of us are deeply concerned about the health and economic costs being borne across the country and the world. 

In the midst of this uncertainty and anxiety, I have been inspired continually by the resilience and creativity of GSB students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We do not get to choose our circumstances, but we do get to choose our actions. In this historic moment, I am excited to see what together we will accomplish, and contribute to the world. 

Update: GRE Test now available online!

You can now take the GRE at home, as ETS offers an online GRE test in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story.


GMAT Online Test will be available by ‘Mid-April’

As coronavirus shuts down GMAT test centers, there are plans to move the GMAT exam online. Find out more.


Canada travel concession for international students

Canada makes a concession to its travel ban for international students, as long as they have a valid study permit or have been approved for a study permit before March 18. Foreign students are anticipated to travel to Canada as planned for spring-term (May) enrolments.

How MBA candidates can make the best of their time in self-isolation 

Cara Skikne is something of an admissions expert, and has a lot of advice for MBA candidates preparing their applications while in isolation. She's put together six top tips for our readers. Make sure to check it out!


AACSB finds the silver lining for business schools 

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has reached out to business schools around the world with a survey to find the positives at this difficult time.  

School responses include:  

The crisis will act as a burning platform to encourage more faculty to rethink their approach to technology and to see how it can be used to provide a more engaging student experience. It will also force us to consider alternative forms of online assessment. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps accelerated the rate of change necessary to move the business school in the right direction, particularly with respect to the development of online and blended degree programs and short courses (micro-credentials). 

Hopefully [we] will avoid worst of the impact of COVID-19. Also, [we] will have more faculty exposed to teaching on-line which, if they have a good experience, may increase the variety of courses offered on-line in the future.