CASTLE ON THE HILL Survey mistakes high school for college


Most Marylanders realize that Baltimore City College is a high school. But Standard and Poor's Corp., the national rating agency, mistakenly listed the institution as a college in a recent survey.

The survey shows the U.S. colleges and universities with the most alumni placed in top-ranking executive jobs.

Baltimore City College was included in the list as having four "undergraduates" placed in high-ranking positions. The New York-based agency declined to disclose the names of the four executives.

The survey was based on Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives. The register includes a listing of the educational backgrounds of some 70,000 business leaders. The information was given voluntarily and S&P; did not attempt to authenticate or expand on the responses.

This is far from the first time that the public high school, which draws its student body from the Baltimore area, has been mistaken for a college.

"We get calls several times a day from people wanting to enroll in graduate programs or people trying to contact CCB [the Community College of Baltimore]," said Dr. Joseph Antenson, of Baltimore City College.

"It is only a slight problem, people in Baltimore usually know that we are a high school," he said.

The survey of executives found that the City University of New York has more undergraduate alumni in top-ranking executive jobs than any other school in the country.

The survey found that CUNY has displaced Yale as the undergraduate alma mater of corporate leaders. In 1987, the last time S&P; conducted the survey, CUNY was second, trailing Yale but leading Harvard.

The tally showed 1,288 CUNY graduates and 1,258 Yale alumni among the executives, CUNY winning out by only 30 people.

The third largest group, 1,041, did their undergraduate work at Harvard.

Excluding the high school, seven Maryland schools were listed. The institutions and the number of their alumnus who got either graduate or undergraduate degrees are: the University of Maryland, 418; the U.S. Naval Academy, 305; Johns Hopkins University, 244; the University of Baltimore, 130; Loyola College, 110; Washington College, 15; and the Baltimore College of Commerce, 1.

The Baltimore College of Commerce, a business school founded in 1909, no longer exists.

Among the 27,436 business leaders with graduate degrees, Harvard led in conferring the most. New York University was second and Columbia third.

Harvard also led in combined graduate and undergraduate degrees, followed by New York University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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