Wharton shitting the bed
Sharing the above article for anyone considering going to Wharton now or in the near future. I'm currently a second-year MBA - can confirm that the administration's response to COVID has been terrible.
Frankly, Wharton was poorly run before COVID too - similar to many of the world's problems, COVID has served to exacerbate the underlying issues. Wharton's administration is incredibly fragmented and the decentralized nature of the organization leads to inconsistent and poor decision-making with absolutely nobody being held accountable. Each of Wharton's various departments sit around pointing figures at each other just like that old cartoon of Microsoft's org chart:
My business school experience has still been positive on the whole in spite of the administration, but it really feels like Wharton's been coasting off of it's brand reputation/prestige for several years now.
My career interests are in PE/VC, where Wharton still has a demonstrable edge over most other b-schools (other than HBS/GSB) because of its alumni network, but if I was interested in going into any other field (i.e. banking/consulting/tech) I really wished I'd gone somewhere where the administrators have their heads on much straighter.
Wharton just brought on a new Dean so hopefully she turns things around, but the people under her are all holdovers - Howie Kaufold (Vice Dean) and Maryellen Reilly (Deputy Vice Dean) are really running the show day-to-day and they are complete clowns. If they don't get fired, Wharton's going to go downhill fast.