superflush wrote:PDaddy wrote:Hey, I said "probably". I also do not imply that the change is immediate, although I cannot imagine employers not sitting up and taking notice. So, are you hatin' on IUB, or are you just a non-believer in the rankings' influence legal employers' behavior? lol. Employers rely on schools to sort talent, a point made over and over on TLS. Schools rely on rankings to tell them how good they are, and, thus sort talent according to what will improve their respective rankings. Hence, employers are relying on rankings whether they want to or not.
They rankings matter only because you think that they do. Firms don't change where they recruit just because of a jump in the rankings. The rankings change all the time. Besides, there are huge discrepancies between the amount of firms that recruit as schools in the 20-30 zone to begin with. Just because IU is now the same rank as Notre Dame doesn't mean that IU should or ever will have a similar placement/recruiting pull. As far as firms "sitting up and taking notice" on how IU made a jump in the rankings, that is ridiculous, especially in this climate. IU had to cancel both its Chicago and DC off-campus interviewing programs this year because none of the firms wanted to participate.
I think my statement above has exceptions. IU isn't as renowned a university as is Tulane. Remember, Tulane University's 'lay prestige" is much better. It has a long, well-established reputation. It would be ridiculous to compare the two, really. One's private, the other is public. One is southern and potentially dominant, the other is midwestern and simply good. As you stated above, IUB will probably never be N.D.
Well, I doubt IUB will ever be Tulane either. I am such a Tulane fan because I know what that university can be. The university really should be in a league with Duke, Vandy, UVA, and Emory. It may take another 15-20 years (or 30), but I believe it can be that good.
One last note. You make a good point: that similarly ranked schools are not necessarily similar in prestige or even quality. Well the reverse works too. Schools that may not be ranked the same can be similar in prestige and quality.