International applicants to graduate business schools are driving the surge in popularity of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), according to U.S. News and Bloomberg Business.

free-gre-practice-testsAccording to U.S. News, “The total number of GRE takers has grown by 3% between 2013 and 2014, and by 12% since 2009. But the number of U.S. students taking the exam actually dropped over the same time period, from 445,135 in 2009 to 422,668 in 2014.

The article points out that international applicants still face many hurdles when it comes to admissions to U.S. business schools, citing stats from Olin. “For example, 70% of Washington University’s Olin School of Business 1,490 applicants were international in 2010. However, only 35% of the full-time MBA students ended up being non-U.S.”

Read the article, “GRE Increasingly Popular for International Business Students”.


I am pleased to announce the inaugural members of the Olin Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the year 2015.  These members of our student body, faculty and staff represent the diverse composition of the Olin community.

·         Cory Barron, Olin Executive Programs
·         Frederick Brown,  PMBA 37, Co-President, Olin Diversity Council
·         Colton Calandrella, BSBA 2017
·         Jacqueline Carter, Olin Graduate Programs
·         Curtis Cassel, EMBA 44
·         Annetta Culver, WCC
·         Radha Gopalan, Olin Faculty
·         Yoon Groves, BSBA Program
·         Yichen (Ellen) He, MSSCM 2014/MBA 2016, OWIB President
·         Greg Hutchings, Olin Graduate Programs
·         Jessica Landzberg, BSBA 2017
·         Judy Milanovits, Olin Marketing
·         Judi McLean Parks, Olin Faculty, Faculty Development Chair
·         Fabiola Paz, MBA 2016, Co-President, Olin Diversity Council
·         Patrick Smith, EMBA 45
·         Delisle Warden, MBA 2016, GBSA VP Diversity

The committee will be co-chaired by a faculty/staff member and a student. As I stated in a previous e-mail, this committee will examine our current culture, academic and professional development programs, student recruitment, and the composition of students, faculty and staff related to diversity and inclusion.

Among their deliverables will be a broad definition of diversity and regular analysis and investigation into ways to improve diversity and inclusion within the Olin community. The committee will also be tasked with creating short- and long-term action plans outlining specific projects and initiatives that are consistent across programs, starting with the suggestions from our students delivered in January. The committee will also coordinate with Washington University and its efforts on this front.

Please join me in thanking our Olin students, faculty and staff for their leadership on this important initiative.

Image: An artist captured the conversation when the Washington University community gathered for a series of panel conversations and open forums to explore critical issues facing our university community in Emerson Auditorium and Frick Forum in February 2015. Photo by James Byard/WUSTL Photos


The Skandalaris Center will host its final Skills Session of the semester, Friday, April 3 on the topic “Putting it All Together:  The Narrative,” 2 p.m.– 3:30 p.m., followed by an IdeaBounce® at 4 p.m.  Managing Director Emre Toker has been leading the Skills Sessions all year, and you can catch up on any you missed on YouTube.  For this session, Emre will be joined by Dan Reus, founder at Openly Disruptive, who will add his own perspective and expertise on the topic.

After the Skills Session, get ready for IdeaBounce®.  Pitchers for the program have already been invited, and up to five winners will receive $100 and an invitation to lunch for additional mentoring and advice with our judges:

·         Andrew Knight, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Olin Business School

·         Chris Miller, Chief Executive Officer of The Mission Center L3C and  Senior Lecturer of Social Entrepreneurship, Brown School

·         Erin Steinbruegge, Chief Operating Officer at CrowdSource

There will also be an open mic portion at the IdeaBounce®, so even if you haven’t been invited to pitch or even posted your idea on, you can attend the event and raise your hand when we open the mic to all.  Last month, 8-year-old Jack – the youngest pitcher at an Ideabounce – wowed the audience during open mic. Watch him pitch on the Skandalaris Center YouTube channel.

Register to attend at on the “events” tab.


Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke writes in his new blog, “Now that I’m a civilian again, I can once more comment on economic and financial issues without my words being put under the microscope by Fed watchers.”

bernanke emailBernanke launches his blog this week as a Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Follow him here.

Image: U.S. News


Dedric Carter, Wash U.’s associate provost and associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship is the keynote speaker at the Missouri Venture Forum Monthly Breakfast to be held at 7:15 a.m., Friday, April 3, at the Moto Museum. This event costs $49 for non-members.

Emre Toker, managing director of the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been named as a national mentor for the 2015 Pipeline program, according to The St. Louis Business Journal. Pipeline is a self-described community of high-potential entrepreneurial leaders building high-growth companies throughout the Midwest.

Wash U. was one of several funders in collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation that helped bring the Pipeline program to St. Louis last fall.

Image: Left to right: Dedric Carter and Emre Toker. Photo by Whitney Curtis/WUSTL