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May 08, 2014

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Concerned_Citizen

Thanks for taking the time to crunch (or have crunched) all the numbers.

It seems that while showing aggregated quartiles per Moody's method provides a nice visual way to get the point across that outcomes vary considerably depending on which "chunk" you're looking at, once you begin looking at individual schools the "most everything goes into the pot" aspect of Moody's method really runs the hazard of being significantly misleading.

Emory is a very good example of this - top 5 using this method as you demonstrate in your chart above. But as you also mention, this includes school-funded jobs.

Emory has 67 grads in such jobs - nearly a quarter (23.7%) of what otherwise looks like a truly wonderful ~ 97% JD/JDA placement rate.

What happens to those 67 school-funded jobs next year? Those actually at the school (library, CSO, other administrivial tasks) are certainly gone next year to make way for the next wave of unemployed graduates needing a position. To the extent that Emory's school-funded jobs may be funded jobs in industry/firms/other, perhaps those will turn into real jobs.

But I don't know whether any, or if any, how many of Emory's school-funded jobs are jobs outside of the school itself.

Former Editor

I'll add that the Moody's methodology seems to also count putative solos, which is problematic for reasons that should be pretty obvious.

Concerned_Citizen

"seems to also count putative solos, which is problematic "

Not so much in that first quartile, though! :-)

Former Editor

Fair point!

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