The Isolation of the Elite

Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2015 07:04 pm
The situation for aspiring professors is far grimmer. Aaron Clauset, a co-author of this article, is the lead author of a new study published in Science Advances that scrutinized more than 16,000 faculty members in the fields of business, computer science, and history at 242 schools. He and his colleagues found, as the paper puts it, a “steeply hierarchical structure that reflects profound social inequality.” The data revealed that just a quarter of all universities account for 71 to 86 percent of all tenure-track faculty in the U.S. and Canada in these three fields. Just 18 elite universities produce half of all computer science professors, 16 schools produce half of all business professors, and eight schools account for half of all history professors.

While elite universities, with their deep resources and demanding coursework, surely produce great professors, the data suggest that faculty hiring isn’t a simple meritocracy. The top schools generate far more professors than even just slightly less prestigious schools. For example, in history, the top 10 schools produce three times as many future professors as those ranked 11 through 20


To a great degree the Elite class world view is made up of the echo chamber with-in the elite class, they have little understanding that their beliefs are built upon exclusion and bias. They also are very not aware of their increasingly poor reputation in the society at large after too many instances of lack of honesty and too little success guiding this society. Folks like Scott Walker who actively run on a platform of hostility towards the elite, and I see in todays news roundly be mocked for it, will likely do very well with the average voter who is sick of stuffed shirt incompetence and lies.
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