Monday, September 13, 2010

Wall Street Journal rankings

A&M is #2 in the nation in a new Wall Street Journal ranking of the best colleges.
In the study—which surveyed 479 of the largest public and private companies, nonprofits and government agencies—Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked as top picks for graduates best prepared and most able to succeed.
The Aggies are only behind Penn State (Tceh is #18, ahead of tu). Vision 1920 likes this ranking much better than the US News and NRC rankings, which are way too biased toward the insider values of the academic cartel.

Looking deeper at the WSJ rankings should help us evaluate the directions TAMU should take to maintain our high position in this poll, and ultimately to become #1. A companion article explains
Under pressure to cut costs and streamline their hiring efforts, recruiting managers find it's more efficient to focus on fewer large schools and forge deeper relationships with them, according to a Wall Street Journal survey of top corporate recruiters whose companies last year hired 43,000 new graduates.
Corporate budget constraints also play a role. Recruiter salaries, travel expenses, advertising and relocation costs run upwards of $500,000 to recruit 100 college grads, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. "We're all accountable to the bottom line," said Diane Borhani, campus recruiting leader at Deloitte LLP, who said she recently narrowed her roster to about 400 schools from 500.

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