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Business Majors: The Kids Are Alright

Business Majors: The Kids Are Alright
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Nearly 20 years ago, Dan Black was a wet-behind-the-ears accounting student at SUNY Binghamton. Today he oversees campus recruiting in the Americas for Ernst & Young, a company that will hire more than 3,800 U.S. college graduates and 3,000 interns this year—many of them business majors just like he used to be.

As one of the biggest employers of business students, Ernst & Young has a vested interest in the quality of students entering the nation’s B-schools and the quality of the education they receive there. Bloomberg Businessweek Associate Editor Louis Lavelle spoke with Black recently. This is an edited transcript of the conversation.