DC84 
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Re: “Degrees of separation

I am a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and I have three sons who have all gone the service academy route: Class of '09 USCGA, Class of '11 USAFA, Class of '13 USCGA. One thing I told all my sons was that at a service academy, ALL of their instructors and professors are there to teach, not pursue their pet research projects, and NO classes would be taught by graduate students who don't even have their Master's yet.

My personal experience was that Coast Guard officers who had actual experience 'in the fleet' made some of the best instructors, because they could relate the material they were teaching to the real world of the service. Most of the professors were great, but a few had been around too long.

If someone wanted to determine how good the Academy education is, they should look at GRE scores. I'd be willing to bet the AFA grads do quite well -- I know I scored from 80 - 98 percentile on the engineering GRE, GMAT and LSAT after my Academy education. If years of teaching experience results in a quality professor, then great. However, it can also result in a professor who is just going through the motions.

It sounds to me like the 'unnamed source' prof at AFA has an axe to grind or is some sort of elitist.

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Posted by DC84 on 12/22/2010 at 4:02 PM

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