Hiring graduates of the best universities…just became a bit less complicated

It is impossible for people to remain unbiased about who is the best at anything; do you agree? Nonetheless, we all gravitate to rankings and often put stock in them; particularly if the group compiling the ranking does a credible job. Today’s LinkedIn list of “best universities” is based upon where their graduates are actually working.


How they compiled the ranking is well explained, here.


At KULPER & COMPANY we believe that a discernible performance pattern is a reliable predictor of future success for a job candidate.  Getting under the story found in the candidate’s resume reveals a richer story about the performance pattern, educational background, personal interests and other factors.  LinkedIn’s effort is to be applauded for similar reasons; their effort is meant to uncover where graduates of top universities are actually working. Bringing forward a ranking of universities like this is an ‘acid test’ for the university’s claim that they are teaching their students what employers want and need.

This is a refreshing listing just for that reason, alone.   We will look forward to further analytic work on their initial effort.

Well done, LinkedIn!

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About Keith Kulper

Keith D. Kulper is the president and founder of KULPER & COMPANY, LLC an executive search consulting firm working in the area of senior level leadership for academia and corporate innovation. We are strong advocates of nurturing the linkage between academic investigation/research and corporate innovation/full commercialization of new product solutions. We specialize in attracting proven leaders who can effectively drive transformational change. The firm operates an Advisory Board that meets annually to bring together leaders from academia and corporate innovation to help drive continuous improvement of our professional practice. We are also an investor in early stage companies. We take pride in supporting the growth and development of business and engineering schools at leading universities throughout the United States.

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