The Name on the Diploma that Matters
My 17 year old daughter came home today telling me about a conversation she had with a couple of her friends. They are all seniors in high school, and are at that stage in life where they are discussing colleges, their future, and apparently passing on judgements. We live in an affluent area, and our high school is top notch. It is a Gold Medal School as listed in the Top 100 High Schools in the 2009 US News and World Report. The children reflect the values of their parents and peers, and it is maddening to hear what the children are saying as if it is coming from their own brain, but I know it is from their parents.
My daughter's friend inferred that her choice of attending a State College versus a private or UC (University of California) school meant she had less drive, less capability and less intelligence to get into a "better" school. It wasn't said in so many words, but it was implied by saying, "Did you know so-and-so is going to a more well known school, she's really serious about her major (and you're not). This other girl went to a summer program last year and the year before that (and that basically means she's smarter and more ambitious than you because you didn't)." My daughter took it in stride, as a matter of fact I think she even feels she's in on something her friend DOESN'T know. And that is, more CEOs, more extra-ordinary people, did not attend Ivy League schools like you might like to think. I love to point this out, this study by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. In particular, there is a study done just a couple of years ago that shows the declining dominance of Ivy League schools and the correlation between where the Fortune 100 CEOs went to college. Of the top 100 Fortune CEOs of companies in 2006, only 12 did their undergraduate work at an Ivy institution and 20 at a prestigious school. In other words, 88 CEOs went to other colleges, such as state colleges. In other words, the college does not determine success.Continued on the next page