Guilt by association. That's the umbrella concept to apply.
Alumni of Temple University M.B.A. programs (brick and mortar and online) and current students are plenty worried if the rankings scandal will decrease the value of their degree. Here are details about that angst in The Wall Street Journal.
As many know, the powers that be at Temple overseeing the M.B.A. programs fudged statistics to obtain higher than deserved rankings in that category at U.S. News & World Report. The dean has stepped down.
But, scandals frequently have large ripple effects. This one can leave a bad taste in employers' mouth about having anything to do with graduates of and current students in Temple's M.B.A. programs. It's not fair but that's the way it goes.
Even before the allegations about Roger Ailes' sexual behavior caught fire, a former producer for one of Fox's shows made the decision to leave the cable channel off his resume. He was a skilled player and knew how to fill the hole. When he sent out his resume he did receive good offers in both Manhattan and Washington D.C. One wonders if that kind of success would have happened had he left Fox on the resume.
When my former boss was fired at a major energy company, you bet, I was saddled with guilt by association. His enemies, with whom I had to work, bullied me. One senior executive in public affairs did speak well of me at meetings and the hostility lessened. When the boss' replacement was in-place and proved to be well-liked, only then did things return to "normal."
Obviously, any scandal can throw shade on everyone.
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