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Posted on 09/29/2009 9:42:20 AM PDT by bs9021
Hopeless Higher Ed Change by: Bethany Stotts, September 29, 2009
This July, President Barack Obama called for America to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. At the Education Sectors forum on what the Obama administrations new focus on higher education means for the future of American colleges and universities, at George Washington University (GWU), a university official reacted with surprisingly candid skepticism over whether this would occur.
Panelist and Southern New Hampshire University President Paul LeBlanc noted that he thought the bigger impediment to increasing the number of college graduates is that higher edif I can make a big broad generalizationdoesnt align very much with this concern. He said that most of higher ed has cared more about building great buildings, food courts and climbing walls, or, in the case of Boston University, a multi-million dollar high-rise dorm.
Faculty have other priorities, too, he argued. Faculty, I think, dont much care about this question and I mean, I think on some level of their conscience they might if you ask them outside of their work...but, in fact, I think most care more about some of their teaching and often scholarship, research and their discipline, said LeBlanc.
Nevertheless, the education lobby insists that money is the salve that will fix the system. The cost of higher education isnt just a barrier to entry, its a barrier to graduating, said Kevin Carey, referring to data in the new book Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at Americas Public Universities. He called for more diverse options for students to get through to a credential than we have now...
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You can't fix stupid, but you can dumb down the system so lots of meaningless degrees are given out, at great expense and misallocation of resources. Only a certain percentage of the population benefits from college, and we are probably graduating more than that percentage already. But, many demagogues like to confuse appearances (in this case, meaningless degrees) with reality.
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