« on: March 02, 2006, 12:28:47 PM »
i think everyone is pushing it a little far with the cooley vs. harvard comparison. obviously the two schools are worlds apart, and while the top students at cooley may be there for certain reasons we dont know, its an unrealistic comparison with perhaps 1 or two students who may be exceptional at cooley.
obviously students at the top 20 or so schools have an advantage and can pull off a lower gpa and class rank and still be seen as being a top student simply from the schools reputation. beyond this mark though, most schools go from being national to be regional schools, and it may be a stretch to say that the top 20 schools are national. but after this students begin to be compared against one another with factors other than their school, mostly class rank, gpa, and random soft factors.
so while the harvard vs. cooley argument is a little far fetched, much more often you would see employers looking at resumes from people from Pitt vs. Duquesne, or Temple vs. Villanova vs. Widener, or Syracuse vs. Pace, or something like this.
odds are the person doing the hirering will be fairly impartial unless he/she went to one of the schools. he/she will be impartial cause odds are there are people in the firm who went to one of the regional schools (look at the list of law firm partners and associates, its filled with people from regional schools). anyway, this would mean that students would once again be judged against each other and without a doubt GPA would be evaluated and depending on the curve, one schools grad's would have a distinct advantage.
i think that there really is no need for curves because class rank is sufficient and GPA's have too many holes in them. obviously in the cooley vs. harvard example odds are a person graduating last in harvards class has a better shot than someone in a top percentile at cooley but that comparison is just too far fetched to consider. but a comparison on someone from regional schools that are essentially equal in class rank but have different GPA's gives the schools grads with the softer curver an advantage when getting jobs.