Business Leaders Views’ on Education

April 18, 2001 1 min read

Asked how important the following aspects of education are to long-term success in business, both top and second-tier executives downplayed the value of standardized-test scores, according to a poll of business leaders conducted for the National Urban League. Percentages shown are of those who thought attribute was “extremely important.”




Having advanced degree 23 19 26
Taking a lot of business courses, getting an MBA and the like 23 22 24
Grades in college and graduate school 20 22 17
Taking a liberal arts curriculum 18 16 20
Going to a highly selective school, such as an Ivy League or U.S. News & World Report Top 25 school 12 13 11
Standardized-test scores, such as SATs, ACTs, Achievement Tests, etc. 4 5 3

SOURCE: National Urban League, Institute for Opportunity and Excellence.

A version of this article appeared in the April 18, 2001 edition of Education Week as Business Leaders Views’ on Education