I think you’re intent on dying on this hill, Sgt. EliasIt absolutely matters for grad/professional school applications. They often weigh GPAs differently based on the school from which it was received (I know this firsthand from someone who was involved in the admissions process for a law school).
With that said, the standardized test score generally matters the most. The undergrad degree is going to be more of a tiebreaker for close cases than anything else.
Definitely true. The only time I care about the school (or honestly if they even went to college) is if I need someone with a masters or phd for very specialized positions. Without that need, it's basically a checkbox at most.
Honestly, I think we've done society a disservice by making people think that a college degree is a must. I tend to think that vocational schools or work co-op would be fine for many people. I've got about 30 people working for me, and the lowest paid person makes over $120k/year. Two of the best people I've got don't have a degree.
I hire younger engineers. The school is an afterthought in 90% or more of the cases. It’s any job/applied experience that really stands out. And if they communicate/respond to questions in an actual personal interaction.
The higher education model irrevocably shifted when manufacturing started to collapse. There needs to be “strata” in a middle class society. Forcing everyone into high cost degrees without direct application or positions available has been a long, bloated game. Just my opinion.