How you got your college education mattered most


Hello everyone,

From the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

“We think it’s a big deal” where we go to college, Brandon Busteed, the executive director of Gallup’s education division, explained to me for a column I wrote about the poll. “But we found no difference in terms of type of institution you went to—public, private, selective or not—in long-term outcomes. How you got your college education mattered most .” And two experiences stood out from the poll of more than one mil-lion American workers, students, educators, and employers: Successful stuents had one or more teachers who were mentors and took a real interest in their aspirations, and they had an internship related to what they were learning in school .

What does “How* you got your college education mattered most” mean?

Thank you.


The reference to ‘how’ indicates the way in which the education took place. This means the standard of the teaching regardless of the institution.


Alan is definitely correct, but I feel the quote is also stressing that how the student pursues her education is also important. Seeking out a mentor and applying for internships are actions often the responsibility of the student, not the university, and are “how” the student gets her education.