…at the fundamentals and builds up to more advanced techniques. This is not arbitrary — it’s because understanding the mathematical building blocks will allow you to reason effectively about different models, make good decisions, and speak intelligently about topics or techniques you’ve never thought about before.
The fact of the matter is colleges trade on brand. Harvard is a brand. Stanford is a brand. MIT is a brand. The education part is being democratized and commoditized by the internet. As this continues to happen, you will continually see their brands dilute exposing immense vulnerability in the system.