It's not the college of mages idea. It's the entire structure, ideology, method of operation, punishment rites, initiation rites... it just had the names changed and made open to both genders. So your example and assertion doesn't work with me because mine is not based off of a superficial resemblance.
Dragonlance had mages' colleges just like that in 1986. Four years before Jordan penned the first WoT novel.
Everybody good, plenty of slaves for my robot colony?