What university is he working at now? You can get a tenured track at a bottom tier university with a degree from a for-profit, but you'll never make it to a top university. I don't care how accomplished you are. After I've read these forums some more, I see I'm preaching to the wrong crowd. Many people here are obsessed with getting a degree regardless of the universities reputation. The name of the school matters. Some people can break the stigma with their work, but it's rare. A few exceptional people don't make the choice right. Bill Gates dropped out of college and is now a millionaire. It doesn't mean everyone should drop out of college.