So a good friend of mine works at a place in an industry, if you catch my drift. And some folks want to work at that place, so they apply for jobs. There are various layers that their applications filter through, and one of those filters is a test.
Now, of course, some folks do better than others at the test, and the distribution vaguely resembles a bell curve, with few folks scoring very high or very low. But recently there was an applicant that scored poorly. Abysmally, even. Really ugly not good very bad – this could also be an apt description.
But the thing is, according to this applicant’s resume, they have three degrees in relevant domains of this industry. While the bachelor’s degree is from a foreign university, the two masters’ are from accredited universities in this country. Plus, the resume also says the applicant is currently a teaching assistant at one of them, in the department that granted the degree.
Now, my friend is feeling a bit torn. One perspective is that it’s not their business meddling in the life of some other person that they don’t even know. It’s possible that the test didn’t really reflect the knowledge of the applicant; perhaps because of nervousness or somesuch. Or, even if it does reflect the applicant’s knowledge, perhaps some of the resume was … let me say, “embellished”.
But if neither of those are true, then it means that there are two accredited universities that are giving some nonzero percentage of their master’s degrees to fully unqualified individuals. And it would appear that one of those universities is also letting some nonzero percentage of their courses be led, in all or in part, by such. What with the recent college scandals about inflated grades or even degrees granted to individuals who performed well in basketball or football – well, this doesn’t sit well with my friend.
What are other folks perspectives on the situation? Dig deeper? Or let it resolve itself on its own?