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My lost career as a psychic

April 28, 2009

I was quite surprised today to find out that even after specious analysis, my assertion that anonymous donations to women-run colleges would continue, as well as the identities of several candidate schools likely to be in the running, was proven right.

Towards the top of my “good chance” list was CUNY Hunter, aka Hunter College. This morning,¬† AP ran a story on Hunter College reporting a $5 million anonymous donation, with the same conditions. Ha, ha! Now to begin my lucrative financial speculation career.

Excitement aside, I wouldn’t credit Hunter’s place among my “good chance” schools to any real insight, more like statistical dumb luck, especially considering the number of schools in the running.

And Hunter didn’t receive this gift last week or today. The donation showed up last fall, and they just realized they were part of a trend. I have to go back in check, but that also sounds like Hunter was the first school blessed by the forcefully anonymous benefactor(s). Like many of the others, the $4 million for scholarships and $1 million for general funds was the largest gift the school has ever received.

Hunter’s inclusion into the now 14-school list now makes the Kalamazoo donation look even more like a fluke. It remains the only private school, and as well as having the highest tuition from the selected colleges. Sorry, Claremont Conservative, this only pushes both Claremont McKenna and sister school Harvey Mudd further down my list. If Kalamazoo is, as it stands, the exception to the rule, it’s much less likely that any further donations will go to private institutions.

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 28, 2009 8:39 pm

    as bartlet might ask: post hoc, ergo propter hoc?

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