I didn’t want to threadshit on the thread regarding Degree mills, in which Shagnasty says…
This is something that I really wonder about. It always seems like there are people who have some steadfast view on schools, what really doesn’t seem to stand up past what I view as brand marketing. For example, in Ohio the OSU business school is frequently ranked in the top 25 Business Schools in the country. What’s odd though, is the schools pass rate for CPA’s isn’t even in the top 3 in the STATE.
Also, it seems like every region has its “private prima donna school” that is supposedly “the place to go”, but outside the area no ones ever heard of. I’ve encountered this “regional” academic snobbery that I find doubly interesting as well.
I am willing to grant the Harvard/Yale/etc argument on the basis of networking, but dropping down below about the top 5 schools on any ranking I question how much difference there really is in the programs.
Finally, I wonder what the corellation is between sports programs and school hireing preferences are?
So, if you are willing to fess up to being an academic snob how did you come to that opinion?