February 3, 2008


Why does an on-line diploma-mill have a Super Bowl venue football stadium?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 3, 2008 3:57 PM

I dunno, but that field which sits outside the stadium and then slides in for games is pretty darn cool.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 3, 2008 4:57 PM

This is one cool stadium. From the article: "... the University of Phoenix name is applied as a corporate sponsor, and not as the home stadium of the University."

Posted by: erp at February 3, 2008 5:30 PM

Because it rakes up a lot of dough selling all those diplomas.

Posted by: ic at February 3, 2008 5:39 PM

P.T. Barnum?

Posted by: ratbert at February 3, 2008 5:54 PM

For the same reason the nearby NHL hockey arena has the name of an online resume storage site.

Posted by: Brad S at February 3, 2008 8:26 PM

I interviewed ultra liberal billionaire Phoenix founder Sperling in 2005.

The irony is amazing. Here is an uber-liberal who made his billions (yes billions) proving conservatives right about education.

Too bad he won't destroy the K-12 idiocy as he did the "university."

Note to all: Every university is a "diploma mill." The difference between Haaavad and Phoenix isn't content, it's who you rub elbows with.

Given that an intelligent person can get all the top-level content they need off of the internet (assuming they know where to look - granted a big assumption), what fricking use is it paying 100s of 1000s to send your pampered doped mouse to go to Duke, Dartmouth or Stanford?

The answer is simple - it isn't the content, it's the connections. The next Sperling who breaks the code on that will get even richer.

Linked In University - invest in it now.

Posted by: Bruno at February 3, 2008 8:47 PM

Why does an on-line diploma-mill have a Super Bowl venue football stadium?

Because they paid $150 million for it.

Posted by: Brandon at February 3, 2008 10:43 PM

Best. Product. Placement. EVAH. The stadium deal makes the U of P sound like a venerable bricks 'n mortar institution to the public's partially attuned hearing, but they keep up the obscene profit margins of their online diploma mill business model.

The value (or lack thereof) of ritzy higher ed doesn't come from connections. Grad schools and corporate type employers outsource their applicant screening to admissions types at the undergraduate institutions. This job candidates can't be complete dopes if they were accepted into Dukemouthford, their circular reasoning goes.

Posted by: John Sterling at February 4, 2008 9:52 AM