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DeVry Was Robbed

The Post reports that U.S. News and & World has been raked over the coals for accidentally swapping two plebian grad schools in place of two prestigious ones in its most recent graduate school Top 10 list.
Where Carnegie Mellon and the University of Texas at Austin should have been, Mort Zuckerman’s previously esteemed publication placed Portland State University and the University of Texas at Arlington (in the No. 9 and 10 spots, respectively). Thanks to the “data glitch,” these low-rent schools were “put…in league with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.”
Apparently PSU was so shocked and delighted to hear it had made the Top 10 for the first time ever that it “rushed out a press release” which is kind of amusing/kind of sad. Meanwhile, MIT, Stanford and Berkeley have been busy scrubbing the stench of third tier education off themselves ever since.
If you think your school’s been the victim of misrepresentation (this has happened to HBS at least once or twice), take a second to shoot us an email today at [email protected] Thanks!
U.S. NEWS BOTCHES POST-GRAD RANKINGS [NYP]

Enron: Blame Harvard?

Hawes-hbs.jpgCorrupting the young was one of the charges that got Socrates served hemlock. A day after Jeff Skilling received a 24 year sentence for his role in the destruction of Enron, Peter Cohan asks whether or not Harvard—Skilling was a Harvard Business School graduate—should bear some responsibility for its students misdeeds.
And it’s not just Skilling. As Cohan shows, Harvard had more ties to the Enron scandal than just its most famous convict. It’s a tangled web of personal and institutional connections—which is not exactly surprising. At one time, Enron was considered one of our most successful corporations. Of course, it would have ties to one of most prominent academic institutions.
Fortunately for Harvard, we’re not in the hemlock business anymore. Cohan prescribes some less lethal remedies.
Since so many business and government leaders attend Harvard on their rise to the top, Harvard should examine whether it could be doing more to screen its students for their ethical values and reinforce those values so that its name is not dragged through mud again by its connections to shady ethics at the top.
Enron’s Harvard connections [Blogging Stocks]