On Mark Skousen's website, there is an interview with Mark Skousen by Gabriella Barufi, Editor of Columbia Business School's BottomLine from 15 September 2005. His affiliation with Grantham is discussed rather extensively. "Prof. Skousen will play a key role in further developing the business school curriculum." Dr. Skousen is a bit of a star among fans of the Austrian School of Economics. The biography posted on his website suggests that he is not a total crank. According to his biography, he currently is teaching Economics at Columbia University. So, here's my question: Are we seeing the beginnings of a decentralized process of indicating legitimacy in education that is independent of regional accreditation? It has been suggested on DegreeInfo that credential evaluators function as an alternative to regional accreditation. They have the expertise to rate universities abroad; and I have seen some of the slipshod things that go on inside regionally-accredited schools. One step further along this path is affiliation with established Names. I am being intentionally vague here. I am not driving at any particular point. I am grappling with the question of whether this is analogous to Linux-vs-Microsoft or if it is a slippery slope.