Well it must be so. I mean, I am sure that in the English professor circles they have studied officers coming out of the various routes and done a full on comparison analysis on which perform better. So he must be correct in assuming, based upon his circle of friends, that an art history major from Vanderbilt would be just as a Naval Academy Grad.
How does the New York Times print this crap!
If you want to do an analysis and figure out the value of the academies then do it. If you want to take the opinion of a General or Admiral who, after years of leading junior officers, makes a statement about officer quality, then I would be concerned.
But an English professor - seriously NYT???? That's the opinion we should take in deciding military policy?!
Full disclosure: my brother in law is an English major, USNA class of 82 and I would take his opinion because he served in the military!!