The Republican wannabees are all making their pilgrimages to a single institution of Higher Learning, these days. Regent University. And why not. As Rudi Giuliani said the other day to the faculty and students there: “The Amount Of Influence You Have Is Really, Really Terrific.” Regent University is Pat Robertson’s place: Christian Leadership to Change the World. If you’ve never heard of Regent, and its amazing academic stature, it’s probably because you haven’t been perusing the rankings in the U.S. News and World Report evaluation of higher education. Well, maybe you have and just didn’t get that far. How far? Far.
Regent is a “tier four” school. There isn’t a tier five. Tier four is as low as you can go. They are tied for 136th place, according to Think Progress.That doesn’t mean that if you graduate from there you have no decent “life chances,” however. One in six graduates work for the federal government, 150 in the Bush administration. Some are pretty well known:
Monica Goodling, the former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who graduated from Regent’s law school, perhaps best exemplifies the “terrific” influence Regent is exerting on the nation. Last month, Goodling admitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had “taken inappropriate political considerations into account” while hiring career employees at the Justice Department. At one point she even pressured Michael Battle, head of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, to replace two long-standing Justice officials with “a fellow Regent law school graduate.” (Think Progress)
If the next President is one of the Regent U. pilgrims (Mitt Romeny was there before Rudi and probably some other of these jokers), we can expect Big Things for Higher Ed. I’m getting my grant proposal for the National Institute of Intelligent Design ready now. I’m using a random number generator.