Grade point averages and success. gets it wrong, very wrong

8 Sep

From an a posting on

“A study at the Stanford University School of Business tracked a group of MBAs 10 years after they graduated. The result? Grade point averages had no bearing on their success — but their ability to converse with others did.”

As far as I am able to tell the article refers to a 1969 study by Thomas Harrell published in the journal Personnel Psychology. There are two problems with the account at CareerBuilder:

1. The paper states:

“High earners had higher second year MBA grades which, for the most part, are for optional courses”

Exactly the opposite of what CareerBuilder claims.

2. Nowhere in the article does it say that the ability to converse correlated with success.

My guess is that CareerBuilder just copied this misinformation from another Internet source without ever checking it for accuracy.


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