MBA News: Stanford Forgives its Scoretop Grad

In an article published in the Stanford Daily this morning, student reporter Ryan Mac writes about the Stanford GSB’s response to the Scoretop Scandal, specifically the 11 students who had applied to its program and had seen their scores cancelled.  The Stanford GSB’s Director of Admissions, Derrick Bolton, informs the Stanford Daily that the one student who had graduated from Stanford and seen his GMAT score cancelled retroactively had met with Stanford GSB’s Dean Joss and will face no disciplinary action from the school.  Bolton goes on to explain that if any of the ten students who had applied in the past were to reapply this year, they would need to explain their actions and would be subject to scrutiny. We can’t help but wonder if it was simply impractical to take action against a graduate.

Regardless, what is clear is that after some tough talk from admissions officers, this is quickly becoming “the scandal that wasn’t.” Many MBA candidates were initially deeply concerned that they would be tarred for surfing the Web and received emails from GMAC stating that their actions were under investigation. Now, a Stanford MBA has technically completed his MBA without a valid GMAT score. 

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