Saturday, May 20, 2006
why go to an institution of higher learning when you can go to an institution of hotter learning instead?
I received this in the mail the other day from the university from which I have two degrees. They are apparently very excited that Newsweek called them "hot" and have decided to build an entire media campaign around it. So, yes, next time someone asks me where I got my Ph.D., I will oblige and say, "America's Hottest Big State School!"
Indiana is a fine graduate program for sociology, by the way. US News and World Report rankings of graduate programs ranks it 11th (and 2nd in what I list as my primary specialty, social psychology). If the graduate program rankings were based on the average correspondence between the futures that graduate students want and what they actually get, Indiana Sociology would undoubtedly rank higher than 11th. I suspect that if graduate programs also had rankings based on average student satisfaction, Indiana Sociology would also rank higher than 11th, although the general question of comparative graduate student happiness is a broader enigma I mean to blog about someday.
BTW, I've been in the throes of some raging insomnia the last few nights. Before embarking on this blog post, I found myself reading the Wikipedia entries of various American Idol notables, which is all the more pathetic given that, as I don't have TV, I haven't seen more than fifteen minutes of American Idol, and know it mainly by my bemused and somewhat obsessive following of updates on Angela's blog. (The American Idol Wikipedia binge has followed recent weird obsessive listening to Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone", for which a certain Ms. Careyoke is to blame.)