Spend any length of time around the business community in the Indianapolis area, and you’re bound to bump into high-profile
graduates of DePauw University and Wabash College, two of the state’s four premier liberal arts institutions.
DePauw boasts of Cummins chief Tim Solso, Indiana Economic Development Corp. CEO Mitch Roob and entrepreneur David Becker. Wabash points to Lilly Endowment President Clay Robbins, City-County Council President Ryan Vaughn and Dr. Don Shelbourne, a leading knee replacement specialist.
But what about two other colleges arguably as good—Earlham College and Taylor University? Academically, Earlham, DePauw, Taylor and Wabash stand in a league of their own in this state.
However, can you name a well-known Earlham or Taylor graduate here? If not, don’t feel bad. The schools struggle, too.
An Earlham spokesman fingered one—State Rep. Greg Porter. A Taylor spokesman mentioned Beulah Coughenour, the longtime City-County Council member who watched over public works until retiring in 2004.
How do you interpret this? Are Earlham and Taylor grads overlooked for top jobs? Are their students more likely to go to graduate schools elsewhere or otherwise leave the state? Something else?
Which of the four is the best school?