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Would Mandatory Attendance Be Effective For Economics Classes?, J. Scott Armstrong Jan 1994

Would Mandatory Attendance Be Effective For Economics Classes?, J. Scott Armstrong

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Romer (1993) suggests that universities should undertake experiments that would test the value of mandatory attendance for economics courses. He presents evidence showing that those who attended his classes received higher grades on his exams and concluded that "an important part of the relationship [to the course grade] reflects a genuine effect of attendance." This conclusion is likely to be welcomed by some economics professors.

In this note, I address two issues. First, what does prior research imply about a relationship between attendance and learning? Second, does Romer's own evidence support his conclusion that mandatory attendance is beneficial?


The Restructured Wharton Mba: Inventing A New Paradigm, Jerry Yoram Wind Apr 1991

The Restructured Wharton Mba: Inventing A New Paradigm, Jerry Yoram Wind

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On Tuesday, February 12, 1991, the faculty of the Wharton School approved a plan to design and test a new paradigm for its MBA curriculum—the most far-reaching restructuring of its MBA program since the 1960s.

The new graduate program, which will initially be launched with 130 students in two experimental cohorts this fall, not only creates a new framework for the MBA program. It also creates a mechanism for continuous innovation that will ensure that Wharton remains on the leading edge of management education in years to come.