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    I hate to beat a dead horse but Excelsior name change?

    I hate to beat a dead horse but Excelsior name change?

    I know there are numerous threads out there about this, sorry to beat a dead horse.

    I’m sure that for some reason (unknown to me) Excelsior is an acceptable name for this particular college, I still have a hard time with it. Why not something less questionable like Albany College (If its not already being used). I feel the need to immediately apply to grad school upon completion (not that it’s a bad thing, just not the motivation I’m looking for) to try and “bury” Excelsior on my resume’ underneath a Masters. For example:


    University of Springfiled Springfield, USA
    Master of Business Admin Present

    Excelsior College Albany, NY
    B.S. Business 2004

    I have a feeling that I’m not alone in this. What are the chances of another name change? Should we (the people who feel the same way I do) petition the president of the college? Would an influx of letters to the person in charge make a difference?

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    Yeah, I'm with you on that stinky Excelsior name. It sounds for all the world like the name of a big diploma mill. I'm sure the name has caused many problems for students seeking employment. If I were interviewing someone and wasn't familiar with the school, I'm sure I would be very suspicious of a school with a name like that.

    I still think Excelsior College is a great college; however, that name is definitely a problem.

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    I don't care for the name either.

    Flag of the State of New York:



    It means that we have the whole world in our talons and that we're into babes and boats.

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    When I was in an interview yesterday, trying to explain my excelsior degree, I noticed the employer seemed very confused by the whole idea, and I'm not so sure he believed my degree was legitimate. I saw him mark down on my resume, next to my degree 'e-degree', seemingly trying to mark it as less credible than standard education .

    Of course, at this same interview, I was also asked what sports I liked, and what my favorite teams were. This was also marked down as a note on my resume, as to refer back to later when making a descision. =P
    Last edited by Randy_Excelsior; 03-18-2004 at 01:45 PM.

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    I've thought about this one a lot. If I had a degree from that school in Albany, and my diploma said "Excelsior College," here's what I'd put on my resume:

    John Q. Public , Bachelor of Arts degree, 2002, from the institution
    established in 1789 as the University of the State of New York,
    and now called Excelsior College.
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    Isn't that "The Artist Formerly Known as the University of the State of New York"? :)

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    Thumbs down The name SUCKS!!!

    May as well be called Cracker-Jack U.

    ...as in I found the degree in the bottom of a box of...

    I suspect a highly-paid consultant from the middle east suggested the name change and someday soon we're going to find out that it was just a bad joke part of an international terrorist conspiracy!

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    Originally posted by decimon

    It means that we have the whole world in our talons and that we're into babes and boats.

    :D That just cracks me up!

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    Naw, "Excelsior" is just the motto of the State of New York. I agree that they could have tried other better-known New York phrases:

    The College That Doesn't Sleep
    Statue of Liberty College
    Empire State University (oops! already taken)
    The Stock Exchange College
    Broadway College
    42nd Street College
    Pataki College
    Live From New York it's Saturday Night College
    David Letterman College
    Rockette College

    Yes, I know that Excelsior is in Albany, not New York City, but Albany doesn't have as much stuff to make fun of as NYC. Perhaps Erie Canal College?

    As that great philosopher and academic, Minnie Pearl, used to say on the old Hee Haw show: "We're through playin' now!"

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    They changed the name before, how do we get them to change it again? For the better?

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    Originally posted by Anthony Pina
    Naw, "Excelsior" is just the motto of the State of New York. I agree that they could have tried other better-known New York phrases:

    The College That Doesn't Sleep
    Statue of Liberty College
    Empire State University (oops! already taken)
    The Stock Exchange College
    Broadway College
    42nd Street College
    Pataki College
    Live From New York it's Saturday Night College
    David Letterman College
    Rockette College

    Yes, I know that Excelsior is in Albany, not New York City, but Albany doesn't have as much stuff to make fun of as NYC. Perhaps Erie Canal College?

    As that great philosopher and academic, Minnie Pearl, used to say on the old Hee Haw show: "We're through playin' now!"

    Tony
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    Re: I hate to beat a dead horse but Excelsior name change?

    Originally posted by bceagles
    I hate to beat a dead horse but Excelsior name change?

    Don't know anything about beating dead horses but I have it on good authority that they're easier to bury if you saw their legs off.

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    Personally, I liked Regents better. I have also had the HR interviewer eye "Excelsior" suspiciously.
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    Mordecai Noah University
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    Talking Re: Re: I hate to beat a dead horse but Excelsior name change?

    Originally posted by Dennis Ruhl



    Don't know anything about beating dead horses but I have it on good authority that they're easier to bury if you saw their legs off.
    NOW THAT IS FUNNY!

    :D

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    I still think Excelsior College is a great college; however, that name is definitely a problem.
    I must be the only person around that actually likes the Excelsior name better than Thomas Edison State College. Not by much, admittedly.

    When I was in an interview yesterday, trying to explain my excelsior degree, I noticed the employer seemed very confused by the whole idea, and I'm not so sure he believed my degree was legitimate. I saw him mark down on my resume, next to my degree 'e-degree', seemingly trying to mark it as less credible than standard education.
    Randy - I'm curious as to how you explained it to lead the interviewer to believe it's an "e-degree".

    Cheers,
    Mark
    BS General Business, Excelsior
    MBA, Indiana University

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