There's an omission in your otherwise excellent coverage of graduate business education ("B-schools: Don't overlook these up-and-comers," Personal Business, Feb. 13). Northeastern University's Cooperative Education MBA takes an unusual approach to management training: After six months of required course work, co-op students take challenging six-month work assignments at corporations such as IBM, Kraft General Foods, and Polaroid.
An optional international program allows students to take summer electives in Britain, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Indonesia, or Singapore. The entire co-op MBA can be completed in 21 months, and many co-op employers recruit their student hires for regular positions after graduation.
You should have mentioned the deficit in the teaching of quality assurance. Very few schools offer even elective courses in quality, let alone BS or MS degrees in the field. Credit should be given to Ohio's Bowling Green State University for its BS in quality and to Eastern Michigan University for its MS in quality management. But when will the "name" B-schools do anything more than pay feeble lip service to teaching key tools for quality assurance to tomorrow's managers?
James A. Adams
Auburn Hills, Mich.