Tuesday, May 18, 2004

College Fair

So today at work, they had a college fair. A bunch of the local university type places were there, with full recruiting style presentation boards. It felt like I was back in college at a job fair!

Anyway, besides the absurdity of how it was presented, I was happy to see the company make an effort in this arena. What was disappointing was the number of schools that represented fully accredited graduate programs. There were some colleges that did have accredited undergraduate programs, which is good. But places like Franklin, Phoenix, DeVry, they just don't have AASCB accreditation for their business programs. I think that's where the students miss out. Even though the majority of people don't know a thing about SMSU's program it is accredited, and that gets you noticed that when you start applying to jobs that are outside of Central Ohio. Should any of these people get a degree and move to one of the other company sites, their degree becomes worth much less.

Now DeVry and Phoenix have a national reputation, but I don't know if it's the best, but at least people know what it is. Franklin University, they have no idea what that is in Atlanta or Raleigh.

Anyway, the point is, it's a shame that these schools pander that they are MBAs on the path to greatness. Only one school in this town can attempt to make that claim, and it's Ohio State....which was conspicuously absent today.

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