Thursday, April 5, 2012 9:10:18 PM
@PG, you have a point. The fact that conservatives have been effectively purged from the ranks of academia means they never will be able to manage colleges like a business nor will they turn out graduates with a grasp of the real world. Case in point, Barack Obama learned constitutional law from liberal Harvard professors who state openly that they have contempt for the constitution. That's explains why he demonstrated such breathtaking ignorance of it this week.
The price of a college degree these days does not reflect the value of the knowledge gained but rather its value as a credential. Companies now use degrees as proxies for IQ tests which they are now barred from giving to prospective employees. The degree proves that you were at least smart enough and hard-working enough to make it through.
However, if you wasted your time and money getting a degree in Pissed-off Feminism or Victimized Minority Studies, you`ll be flippin` burgers.
Thursday, April 5, 2012 7:27:15 AM
And as I said, I'm doubt if our uni`s and government relationship is the same as yours, but for instance: My laboratory building is on a university campus. This uni just had $40 million dollars cut from it from government subsidies/grants/etc. Now they have to make up the difference, which will mean cut programs, likely to the liberal arts since they bring in no money (if they have to cut something I`m glad it`s that at least), and will also raise tuition. It`s not like they just have $40 million in some slush fund while they let the government pay all the bills.
Thursday, April 5, 2012 6:59:53 AM
@OldOllie: Well as I said in my last post, I meant that uni's are being turned into businesses by conservative governments. I never said uni`s were GOOD businesses either.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 11:34:30 PM
@ patchgrabber - I get your gist. And yes, it is possible that schools are going the way of hospitals. They used to non-profit but now they are all For-Profit businesses. When that happened health costs skyrocketed. I have seen an increase in Private Colleges and Schools such as DeVry and Phoenex. Perhaps they too are becoming For-Profit.
Bottom line is the same... college is becoming something for the rich.