As of this fall, the Olin Business School is now offering “communications” classes in which formerly mute and illiterate students are taught basic communication skills such as speaking and writing. The recent change in the curriculum came as a result of efforts to combat the B-School’s 12% literacy rate, which is the lowest among the University’s undergraduate programs.
In an exclusive interview, Dean Mahendra Gupta sheds some light on the wealth of benefits that business students will derive from the new class: “When I learned speak at age of 31, it very changed my life. It still difficult, I still am learn, but communication much important of business.”
Business students, like junior Tricia Johnson, already are making massive strides with the new communications program in place. “Never I knew that the symbols in signs and paper had actually meaning. Wonders I what other mysteries of Earth to discover!”
Tricia’s profound success in the English language is not yet the norm for all business students, but educational experts are hoping that one day it might be. A University cognitive psychologist adds: “While cases like Tricia are rare, studies show that nearly half of our business students have the intellectual capacity for fluency with at least four years of rigorous study.”
For the spring semester, the business school has plans to implement “game theory” classes where students can opt to learn strategies for games such as “tag” and “duck-duck-goose.” When asked about her post-graduation plans, Tricia said she wants to attend graduate school at Fontbonne to study either spelling or macaroni art.