Dressed for success? Or unfairly sing...

Dressed for success? Or unfairly singled out?

There are 10 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 2, 2007, titled Dressed for success? Or unfairly singled out?. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

At Illinois State University, it's easy to spot the marketing students. In a sea of flip-flops, sweat pants and short shorts, they're the ones walking through the College of Business in collared shirts, pressed ...

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Saint Louis, MO

#1 Sep 2, 2007
As the article stated, this will give the students the experience and feel of being in a business environment. If they don't like it, let them major in art appreciation.

Aurora, IL

#2 Sep 2, 2007
@NiteClerk - The real controversy lies in the lack of student gov't participation and the question of necessity to change the dress code to achieve higher performing students that act more professionally. Your flippant remark only serves to underscore your misunderstanding of the real issues within the article (not that I'd give the author any high marks for raising the journalistic bar).
I find it ridiculous that ISU is even concerned about this. Their marketing program is far from well known (they have one?), and changing dress policies smacks of "putting lipstick on a pig". Their focus should be on improving their curriculum and obtaining the best professors they can while increasing their student's exposure to relevant experiences/materials- the student's enthusiasm and desire to dress better will follow on their own accord. If they wish to show students how to dress appropriately, having mock meetings, "business casual days", etc... would better serve their program without being an unnecessary distraction to the real purpose:_learning_.*gasp*

United States

#3 Sep 2, 2007
Here's a lesson for the real world - you don't have to walk a mile to work in heels. Wear comfortable shoes and carry your heels in a bag. Even better if you have a place at school to store them, leave them there. Your heels will also last longer if you only wear them inside.

Vancouver, WA

#4 Sep 3, 2007
4 inch leopard print heels are not appropriate for the workplace, either. I work for a retailer of pretty conservative and several times over the course of a year I will have people try to return gift cards that have been given to them by a supervisor ( or occasionally a family member). The persons ask to return the gift card for cash generally with the comment that the store is "not their style." I wish I could tell them that the person who gave them the card thinks that maybe it should be, at least in the workplace.
I second that

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Sep 3, 2007
Well said, NotImpressed.
In addition, who's going to pay for this new wardrobe? Is ISU issuing grants to the marketing students? I doubt it. College students barely have two pennies to rub together to begin with.
Give them a break. This is their first taste of freedom... let them have it for a few years. They have the rest of their lives to wear suits and ties.

Hinsdale, IL

#7 Sep 3, 2007
The proof will be in the pudding.

We'll see if enrollment suffers in future years when students are given the CHOICE of this school and another that doesn't enforce a dress code.

Personally, I think it's unfair and misguided to require college students to dress like professionals when they are not yet being PAID like professionals.

United States

#8 Sep 4, 2007
If U of I thinks their students are so dumb that they need to "practice" wearing business casual, then that school has bigger problems.

Wearing business casual to work every day is not difficult. I wore sweats throughout law school and I managed to figure out how to put on a button down shirt and slacks in the morning when it came time to go to work.

I have no sympathy for the students in heels, though. There are plenty of professional looking and comfortable flats out there.

Villa Park, IL

#9 Sep 4, 2007
read the quote from the Aug 3rd letter - should the "... are not appropriate" be "... is not appropriate"?
Jamie Shelton

Wilmington, NC

#10 Sep 4, 2007
As a 20 plus year veteran of the corporate hospitality world (newly returned to my original vocation of visual art), I have just one thing to say to the Marketing faculty at ISU behind this new "policy"......you are all IDIOTS! What exactly were you monkies smoking when you contrived this moronic policy that effectively distracts students from the priority principles and lessons in marketing that they are there to learn in the first place?
You want 19 and 20 year olds to understand the importance of business attire in the professional world? Do what ANYONE else with some working grey matter would have the good sense to think to do: establish "dress" days (once a month at MOST) during which you can INSTRUCT (remember that?) them on the protocol and importance of proper attire in the business world.....like you would do for ANY OTHER TOPIC.
Your idiocy has not only cast questions upon the aptitude of ISU's marketing faculty, but upon ISU as a whole- so far, from what I've read, all you have provided to your students by implementing this brainless policy is another forum upon which they can mount protests- way to go!
new york view

East Hampton, NY

#11 Sep 6, 2007
Dress does matter. As you read in the article, and is known in private secondary and elementary schools,students pay attention and tend to perform better when dressed with a sense of decorum. Teens in college are no different. As for the comment that one will figure out how to dress properly when one is actually in a job, I have to disagree. Firms hire me to come in and teach out of touch new employees about dignified dress. It's not a message that goes down well for many employees even after they spend a few years languishing in subpar postitions relative to their more saavy co-workers.Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer of these saavy workers each year. The universal college "uniform" of the slob is apparently a tough one to jettison when college is through.

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