Jacob Grier reports that this mirrors his experience at Vandy.
A much higher percentage of students were very satisfied with the economics major at schools with unrestricted-entry business programs as compared with schools with a restricted-entry business program. This is logical because many students at restricted-entry business program schools may have taken the economics major as an alternative to the business program as an alternative to the business program they could not get into, and therefore would not be as satisfied because it is not the track they would have chosen ideally…
This data suggests that the presence of an unrestricted-entry business program has a positive impact on the satisfaction levels of economics majors. When such programs exist, the economics major is not forced to balance both the goals of students who would rather be in business programs with the goals of students who would study economics either way; therefore the economics major can more easily suit all of its students’ demands.
I'd dearly like to see the same study for Computer Science, comparing the attitudes of CS students when IT/MIS and software engineering programs are available. Notre Dame had an MIS program while I was there (though I think they were phasing it out or maybe turning it into a minor, I don't remember which). I think this shunted some people into the business program who were just looking to make money in technology but weren't really interested in computation in an intellectual sense.*
On the other hand there was no software engineering program, or minor, or focus, or anything. So there were still a lot of people in Computer Science that wanted to be software developers and were disgruntled at having to take anything remotely theoretical. Even being required to use C was too much for them, because they didn't think "real" developers used C anymore. Luckily for me the first semester was taught in Lisp, so a lot of them got washed out quickly.
* I feel a little bad saying this because I have one friend (who I'm pretty sure doesn't read this blog) who was in the MIS program and is both smart and intellectually curious. But I'm going to let it stand because the one MIS course I took was populated by myself, one other capable CS student, and about 28 zombies and remedial screw-ups who were either required to take one technology credit for their management degrees or were actually majoring in MIS only because they thought it was going to be nice to put it on their CV. These were people who were baffled by what HTML meant (as in what the actual acronym stood for, not what it was or how it worked, which is still pretty simple) three quarters of the way through a class on technologies for internet commerce. If I interrupted a Poli Sci course on the Cold War three months in and asked what "USSR" meant, I'd hope to be laughed out of the room. Obviously, this MIS course was not peopled by the best and brightest Mendoza College of Business had to offer.**
** That footnote was longer than the rest of my post (excluding quotations) combined. Just thought I'd mention that.