The Core Curriculum and Valuable Diversity

The Core Curriculum and Valuable Diversity


Mark Philibosian


Question from The Exchange: Anderson’s core curriculum is mandated for all students, although they arrive with varying levels of familiarity with these subjects. The curve favors those who have prior professional or academic exposure to topics like economics, statistics, and accounting. Do you think Anderson should split core classes into “advanced” and “intermediate” sections based on prior experience?

Philibosian’s Answer: Prior to attending Anderson, I worked in finance and earned a CFA. Some of my classmates are CPAs or have backgrounds in marketing. I believe this kind of diversity promotes the interchange of ideas and mutual learning. Segmenting students into different levels of core courses would erode this valuable diversity, creating a further divide among students and undermining the opportunity for some to master essential skills. Plus, Anderson already has “advanced” and “intermediate” classes to some extent: They are called electives. The split would be most detrimental to the “intermediate” section and make career-switching even more difficult. Most of us came to Anderson to maximize strengths, eliminate weakness and expose ourselves to new challenges. I strongly believe that splitting our core classes would dilute the quality of our education. Some might call the core curve unfair, but we ultimately benefit from it – and so does Mark Philibosian the Anderson brand.


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