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In news that might surprise people not in academia, a new study has shown that students from top departments get the most jobs. In other words, in the ivory tower (as everywhere else), it really matters where you went to college. And grad school. And possible post-doctoral studies.

This puts another nail in the coffin of the idea that there is a meritocracy somewhere in education; as the study’s authors note, there is no indication that the “brand-name” scholars are any better at their jobs than anyone else. They’re being picked just for that name (*coughcough* Harvardyaleprinceton).

Because the study primarily focused on research, it’s not clear how or if that translates into classroom instruction. But parents, in case you weren’t worried yet, you should start — other data has suggested that teaching is not a concern for the administrators who ensure faculty jobs.

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