higher education and the “new economy”
Wired recently produced a nifty graphic that showed were the major tech firms recruit their employees. The messages are obvious:
- Physical proximity – this is West Coast/Canada intensive.
IBM is the exception, in that it recruits from India. But still, it recruits from the big Indian engineering programs.
The other message that I get is from the absences. 1. The Midwest engineering powerhouses (Ohio, Kansas, Michigan, Illinois) are under represented due to geography. Path dependence is cruel. 2. The Ivy League and elite liberal arts are sparsely represented, probably due to a lot recruitment by finance and smaller engineering departments. So in terms of the upper strata of the economy, West Coast is for innovation, East Coast is elite training, and the Midwest is for building cars and stuff.