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What's Your Kid Getting From College? (Is it worth the tuition?)
Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/02/2011 | William McGurn

Posted on 11/06/2011 8:04:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind

For hard-working American families struggling to make ends meet, the student protesters at Occupy Wall Street must seem like cast members of a reality show designed to make them look shallow and self-indulgent. The irony is that these students and recent grads have a point about their college debt. It's just not the point they are making.

Here, for example, is a typical entry on the blog "We Are the 99 Percent." A woman is holding up a handwritten note that reads: "I am a college graduate. I am also unemployed. I was lead [sic] to believe that college would insure me a job. I now have $40,000 worth of student debt."

The headlines tell us that, as a nation, we now owe more in college loans than we do on our credit cards. Notwithstanding the stock horror stories about the kid who leaves campus owing hundreds of thousands, however, the average college debt load is about the price of a new Toyota Prius—$28,100 for those with a degree from a four-year private school, $22,000 for those from public schools.

Even so, these figures don't touch the most important question: Are students getting fair value in return?

Anne Neal has been trying to help families answer that question for years. As president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, she believes students should leave college with a broad base of knowledge that will allow them "to compete successfully in our globalized economy and to make sense of the modern world." By that ACTA means universities should require a core curriculum with substantive courses in composition, literature, American history, economics, math, science and foreign language.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: college; tuition

1 posted on 11/06/2011 8:04:14 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS SITE FOLKS:

At WhatWillTheyLearn.com, students can click onto ACTA’s recent survey of more than 1,000 American four-year institutions—and find out how their colleges and universities rate.

Two findings jump out. First, the more costly the college, the less likely it will require a demanding core curriculum. Second, public institutions generally do better here than private ones—and historically black colleges such as Morehouse and service academies such as West Point amount to what ACTA calls “hidden gems.”

I am surprised that an Ivy League school like Harvard is rated ‘D’ !!


2 posted on 11/06/2011 8:05:43 AM PST by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind
I was lead [sic] to believe that college would insure me a job.

There's her problem right there. A good work ethic (like showing up for work) trumps a college diploma (tuition receipt) every time.

3 posted on 11/06/2011 8:18:36 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nothing that I can see. OTOH, my wallet is getting severely violated.


4 posted on 11/06/2011 8:19:03 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: SeekAndFind
What's Your Kid Getting From College?

A technical degree and I told her I would not pay for any other.

5 posted on 11/06/2011 8:21:59 AM PST by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: SeekAndFind

My son is in college now - it appears to me college is teaching what kids are NOT learning in High School. He was homeschooled so he’s doing fine - but the work just doesn’t seem that tough to me.


6 posted on 11/06/2011 8:28:45 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: SeekAndFind

A liberal indoctrination.
No fundamental or foundational skills necessary to BE PRODUCTIVE in society.
Primarily, how to deindustrialize the West.


7 posted on 11/06/2011 8:43:46 AM PST by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: SeekAndFind

“...as a nation, we now owe more in college loans than we do on our credit cards.”

This is deliberate servitude of the young and the middle class.

This is a crime against a whole generation.

It wasn’t enough to send credit cards to Jr at college, and mom and dad would bail him out. NO, the government and the banks decided it was better to load up young people who are full of it with debt BEFORE they woke up and went looking for a job.

And it was done to prop up the university system, a system that is full of fraud, disinformation, and flaming libs. It is to support those who are DESTROYING this country from within.


8 posted on 11/06/2011 8:51:30 AM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: SeekAndFind

Since the Liberal Fascists (Jonah Goldberg’s accurate term) took them over, most colleges aren’t worth anything.

A few, like Hillsdale, still teach Western culture and American foundations.


9 posted on 11/06/2011 9:01:28 AM PST by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: RoadTest

- - - and accept no money from the government!


10 posted on 11/06/2011 9:02:14 AM PST by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: SeekAndFind
My nephews little girl started out in a community college, now graduated and had a job before she graduated, started about 80,000. In Five years her job will pay off her loans. Private enterprize, a wonderful thing, stop by a drug store in southwest virgina, you may meet her.
11 posted on 11/06/2011 9:02:41 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: SeekAndFind

IF They are in any of the STEM Programs
...Yes

ELSE
...No

End IF

12 posted on 11/06/2011 9:04:55 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: org.whodat

“Private enterprise, a wonderful thing”

Barack Hussein thinks jobs are created by Presidential fiat. I wonder where he thinks babies come from?


13 posted on 11/06/2011 9:05:46 AM PST by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: RoadTest

For those who would like to know, Patrick Henry in Virgina does both as well.


14 posted on 11/06/2011 9:05:55 AM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: TruthConquers

“For those who would like to know, Patrick Henry in Virgina does both as well.”

It has the right name. I should have known!


15 posted on 11/06/2011 9:13:53 AM PST by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: TruthConquers

“And it was done to prop up the university system, a system that is full of fraud, disinformation, and flaming libs. It is to support those who are DESTROYING this country from within.”

You are absolutely correct! “Wall Street” and “the big corporations” had nothing to do with the mess they find themselves in. Their anger is entirely misdirected! These young people have dug themselves into a pit of debt that they cannot erase, even if they declare bankruptcy, and they are finding out the hard way how much those “Peace Studies” and “Gender Studies” degrees are REALLY worth!
If the had any sense, they’d “occupy” a few universities!


16 posted on 11/06/2011 9:15:47 AM PST by Frank_2001
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To: RoadTest
Magic eight ball, you ask for them and your neighbor provides.
17 posted on 11/06/2011 9:17:46 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
My son was also homeschooled but decided against college at this time. Instead he works full time and reads a lot (very knowledgeable)...so far most of the college students that we know do not impress him at all...they don't seem to be able to put together a consistent worldview. And I would agree...colleges tend to teach what they are not teaching in high school.
18 posted on 11/06/2011 9:17:56 AM PST by WorldviewDad (following God instead of culture)
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To: SeekAndFind

Unemployment for college grads is 5%, while for high school grads is 10%. So a paying job, and one that pays better, is what your kid gets for a college degree.

Just make sure it is in the sciences and not the liberal arts. A liberal arts degree is pretty worthless, though not totally worthless. A bachelor of sciences is still vastly preferred to no college. Too many people today pretend this isn’t true.


19 posted on 11/06/2011 9:25:02 AM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (We be fooked.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank goodness my daughter got a full ride scholarship for basketball. Even she says classes are pretty much a waste of time. She’s conservative, and there is always a story about so many liberal professors.


20 posted on 11/06/2011 9:26:07 AM PST by vickixxxx
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To: WorldviewDad

I convinced my son to take government on line so he wouldn’t have to face the liberal crap in class. They do online discussions and many of the students are just stupid when it comes to how the world works. One of the first assignments was to decide what kind of world you would be willing to live in: one was full employment, no wars, free education but no voting at all, government rules. The other was not a perfect situation but you had the right to vote for change. My son was one of the few who voted to retain the right to vote. It was pretty scary to see how folks justified being totally controlled by a dictator.


21 posted on 11/06/2011 9:28:31 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: RoadTest
A few, like Hillsdale, still teach Western culture and American foundations.

And they ride the coattails of inflated tuition just like every other school out there but presumably without the obligation to pay fealty to the Dept of Education.

If Hillsdale really wants to lead, they will not only be the best school at what they do but also the best and most cost-effectively priced. Show the world how to do more with less $.

Be an example of thrift in education and deliver the message to the world that no one else gets what they pay for at other institutions of higher learning, but they will get what they pay for -- and more at Hillsdale -- and for ALOT LESS.

And if Hillsdale can brag about their post-college job placement rate in ways other schools can't that would be a sure fire win for conservatism and will contrast the decidedly poor placement rates of the Ivy-League's "tuition tyrants" against that.

But in this realm they don't practice either what they teach or preach, and I have not heard that Hilldale's job placement rates as being any better than any one else's. I'll stand corrected if someone can prove me wrong.

They are just as content to ride the gravy train like everyone else -- only without the encumbering burden of gov't intervention, even to the point of denying tuition enrollment payments sourced by using one's GI bill. My soon-to-be-honorably discharged Marine Corps son has already found that out. He's headed to the University of Connecticut instead.

FReegards!


22 posted on 11/06/2011 9:32:18 AM PST by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: Agamemnon

“They are just as content to ride the gravy train like everyone else — only without the encumbering burden of gov’t intervention, even to the point of denying tuition enrollment payments sourced by using one’s GI bill. My soon-to-be-honorably discharged Marine Corps son has already found that out. He’s headed to the University of Connecticut instead.”

How, indeed, could they avoid government control while accepting government (G.I. Bill) money?

Please feel free to send your son anywhere you want.

Can you back up your allegations and inuendos about Hillsdale?


23 posted on 11/06/2011 9:40:56 AM PST by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: SeekAndFind
http://www.lgbts.umd.edu/
...Gay and lesbian studies

and they wonder why they can't get a job

24 posted on 11/06/2011 9:45:27 AM PST by Charlespg
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To: SeekAndFind
What's Your Kid Getting From College? (Is it worth the tuition?)

An attitude.

And venereal disease.

25 posted on 11/06/2011 9:48:01 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (Hail to the Thief)
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To: SeekAndFind

Unfortunetly it’s not much of an option. For the vast majority of people if you try to go into the workforce for any non-blue collar job without a degree it’s going to be hard to get over $40k in a lot of areas. A degree is flat out an ‘entrance exam’. Not having one is a huge barrier and I’m talking a good BS, not a BA or any Associate’s. It’s miserable out there without one.


26 posted on 11/06/2011 9:59:17 AM PST by Tolaei1
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To: SeekAndFind
Here is the "A List" from http://whatwilltheylearn.com/a-list:
27 posted on 11/06/2011 10:28:55 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

1) No IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS on the ‘A’ List

2) Many IVY LEAGUERS are rated ‘D’

3) Many VERY EXPENSIVE Colleges are rated ‘D’

4) Most of the colleges on the ‘A’ list are relatively less expensive.

5) Herman Cain graduated from an ‘A’ school — Morehouse College. Newt taught at an ‘A’ school — Kennesaw. Obama graduated from a ‘D’ school (Harvard) and went to an ‘F’ school (Occidental).


28 posted on 11/06/2011 10:45:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: Frank_2001

They truly are the useful idiots,..... but that doesn’t make the students who are loaded down with debt at the beginning of their adults lives consequences any less. Never mind the fact that the economy is tanking. If it weren’t, it wouldn’t be an issue.

But it is. I still remember seeing Freepers encouraging others to load up on student debt because it was leverage, leverage is good! I hope those Freepers didn’t listen to them, the frauds.

And I have seen that it is NOT just the womyns studies or the other useless degrees that are hurting. Even in 2008, only 30% of the graduating class from Purdue found a job. A top university, and only 30%! I have seen those with dual science degrees, can’t find a job.

So, the usual knee jerk brush off here, just ignores the reality that a whole generation is being sold off to slavery, and they can’t give a damn at all.

Amazing.

And it is probably those useless profs that told them to go to Wall Street. The trouble is, with MF Global co-mingling client funds, and the TBTJ banks stuffed with the ponzi of sovereign debt from the PIIGS, this is not over by a long shot.

Historically, a few bad banks do destroy the reputation of the rest. The sooner the frauds are dealt with and allowed to fail, the better. But it seems they have bought themselves the two political parities. It is sheer folly to defend this fraud on the American people.


29 posted on 11/06/2011 11:30:15 AM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Chode

Are you talking about THIS program:

“The STEM Institute was initiated in 1992 with NASA and CAHSEE support to ensure that Hispanic Americans, female, and other under-represented minority students achieve academic excellence by means of a continuous programmatic support during their pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate years.”

No whites need apply program, ????


30 posted on 11/06/2011 11:34:21 AM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Tolaei1

“A degree is flat out an ‘entrance exam’. Not having one is a huge barrier and I’m talking a good BS, not a BA or any Associate’s. It’s miserable out there without one.”

That’s TOTALLY TRUE. A degree in English or related says you can read and write decently. I degree in math or science says you can read and do a reasonable level of math. A 2-year degree says that you’re essentially at what used to be considered the level of a high school graduate. A high school diploma, now, means absolutely nothing to employers.

Employers have NOTHING else to go on. They get sued if they try to test applicants...the degree is the test.

So, for parents, try to get junior that degree...or have him go into a field where he can prove himself other ways, like being a licensed plumber or electrician, or ASE-certified mechanic.

But don’t send him into the world thinking that a degree in lesbian studies is worse than no degree at all...employers will simply have no clue as to junior’s capability.


31 posted on 11/06/2011 12:27:07 PM PST by BobL ( A vote for Newt is a vote for Romney)
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To: RoadTest; SeekAndFind
How, indeed, could they avoid government control while accepting government (G.I. Bill) money?

Clearly, you don't understand that the money in the GI Bill has no government strings attached to it dictating which school a discharged Marine may attend and choose to use his post-employment contractual benefit. You do realize that folks who join the Marines sign contracts for an agreed time in service and attendant post-employment benefits, which include continuing education, don't you? (no, I guess not.)

The government cannot prescribe a curriculum for a GI Bill outlay nor can it dictate a thing to the school about to what curriculum it may apply. It is no different than any employee severance benefit one might receive from any private place of employ.

Please feel free to send your son anywhere you want.

He is sending himself. The USMC employed him and the USMC will pay his benefit as contractually obligated to do so for honorably discharged Marines.

Can you back up your allegations and inuendos about Hillsdale?

I let you go to Hilldale's site yourself and do the educational comparison shopping. Since the evidence is right there for you or anyone to read, one may easily determine for themselves that there is little difference in costs charged by Hillsdale than are charged by other schools.

I didn't say the education at Hilldale wasn't good. In fact my son would have gone there if he could have used his post-employment contracted benefit to do so. But he can't so he'll continue the studies he's already started at UCONN.

For how ever good the school may be, what I haven't heard is Hillsdale being able to say on behalf of itself that its historic post-academic job placement success of its graduates is any better than it is at any of its competitors.

Conservatism delivers more for the buck. It's up to Hillsdale to be an example of that by practicing what it preaches, and demonstrating that the value of education obtained there has a dollar value on the outside far and away better than its competitors.

Do the math. If a state school charged $30K and Hillsdale charged $10K, and the placement rate of the State school is 50% and Hillsdale by comaprison was 90%, who would win the academic and philosophical argument about whether throwing money at education delivers a better outcome? I suspect Hillsdale would be enrolling more students and selling more "product" than its competitors, would be bursting with applicants, would have more locations nationwide than does University of Phoenix, and the tide of the whole debate would change overnight.

They are not at this time prepared to lead by example and are at present content to charge what they do presumably without direct government support, but they charge as much as any other government supported institution does, so they are at this point just living off the cream of the built-in education system $ inflation.

No philosophical or moral high ground is being secured there, and the debate about the value of higher education only continues.

FReegards!


32 posted on 11/06/2011 12:32:05 PM PST by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: TruthConquers
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math...
33 posted on 11/06/2011 1:43:19 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Some answer, eh?


34 posted on 11/06/2011 2:31:43 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: bmwcyle

I just looked up my DIL’s school it scored an F and only 17% gradution. She did graduate and she’s doing well but a whole lot of it is her own drive and ambition and also experience because she is older. The woman who graduated at the top of their class actually flunked her national test the first time she took it and my DIL who struggled scored a 93%.

The one my granddaughter is going to next year scores a C so that is much better and is the second best university in our state.


35 posted on 11/06/2011 3:59:21 PM PST by tiki
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To: TruthConquers
yup, STEM degrees will always have a better chance of getting a job than one in Angry Feminist Transgendered Studies...
36 posted on 11/06/2011 4:36:08 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BobL
Employers have NOTHING else to go on. They get sued if they try to test applicants...the degree is the test.

Yes, that is it. They cannot administer IQ tests. If people were aware of this implication of the 1971 Supreme Court decision Griggs v. Duke Power Company, they would understand the craze behind college degrees.

37 posted on 11/06/2011 4:45:52 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: Agamemnon

“The government cannot prescribe a curriculum for a GI Bill outlay nor can it dictate a thing to the school about to what curriculum it may apply.”

- - - or by-pass Congress or “deem” a healthcare bill passed or apologize for America’s greatness or start class warfare or attack states like Arizona or anything else. Our government’s hands are just tied!

I believe if Government money goes to a school so will government influence. And that’s all I was saying about Hillsdale, and the fact that it teaches solid American values.

As for tuition cost and job placement, I wasn’t talking about those things at all.


38 posted on 11/07/2011 4:45:01 AM PST by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: RoadTest; SeekAndFind
- - - or by-pass Congress or “deem” a healthcare bill passed

You are aware that that ultimately did not happen, right, and there would be huge Constitutional problems if they did?

... or apologize for America’s greatness or start class warfare or attack states like Arizona or anything else. Our government’s hands are just tied!

You have a tendency to get sidetracked from the discussion. Apologizing for America's greatness and attacking Arizona have nothing to do with the fact that the government is as bound by contractual obligations as any private citizen is.

Hillsdale may not receive direct gov't support as most other institutions do but that doesn't mean they are not still governed by laws of the US and Michigan. Their freedom is still protected by the US military as is anyone else's.

A scholarship or employee benefit is just that. If Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan paid the educational support of a student employee of theirs at Hillsdale, Dow Chemical doesn't have any say so as to what the curriculum of Hillsdale is with respect to their employee, although Dow pays for (and deducts such support from its taxable income)an employee benefit. Hilldale will take the money of an employer.

The USMC employed my son. He is entitled to a contractual benefit, and Hilldale refuses to let him use his contracted benefit at their school. It's a simple as that. He will and has taken that benefit elsewhere.

Strangely, one would think that a place like Hilldale who is supposedly supportive of the US military -- at least in their words -- would not be inclined to turn away the educational benefit $ of an honorably discharged, USMC student. He already had a superior GPA from in-service earned college credits, and politically he is as conservative a FReeper as any of us here are. He just happened to place his health and life on the line for the past 4 years on Hillsdale's behalf as much as he did so for the USA generally.

One would think Hilldale would like to make an effort to encourage conservative, honorably discharged US Marines to apply to their school with their post-service employment severance benefit.

But they don't. And that is their right to do, as protected under the Constitution my son swore to uphold and protect with his life. Still, as I said before, for all the platitudes as Imprimus has ever espoused in my own 45 years of reading them, and for all the principles their lecture series' hold forth upon, Hillsdale fails to lead by example, and enriches themselves as does any other $-inflated institution -- with no more $-deliverable to the graduating student than may be obtained anywhere else.

I believe if Government money goes to a school so will government influence. And that’s all I was saying about Hillsdale, and the fact that it teaches solid American values.

My son pays UCONN with greenbacks like he would have paid Hillsdale. You continue to confuse direct government support which does carry gov't influence with a contracted employment benefit, which does not. "Solid American Values" is all just so much verbage if the institution doesn't practice what it preaches.

As for tuition cost and job placement, I wasn’t talking about those things at all.

The thread topic is: "What's Your Kid Getting From College? (Is it worth the tuition?)"

I stayed on topic. By your own admission, you did not, and it appears I have had to devote a significant amount of discussion time trying to bring the discussion back to the topic.

FReegards!


39 posted on 11/07/2011 9:00:07 AM PST by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Unfortunately the same students that you experienced on line will be the same students in the other classes your son takes...or other students just like them. And he will most likely face “the liberal crap” in all of the classes he takes at college...it is kinda built into the college structure.

May he be an example to the other students and hold to a correct worldview.

May I suggest a good book to help your son while in college? I would suggest "The Battle For Truth" by David A. Noebel. It covers several different areas that your son will probably have to deal with in college including theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history.

40 posted on 11/09/2011 4:40:00 PM PST by WorldviewDad (following God instead of culture)
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To: WorldviewDad

Thanks -


41 posted on 11/09/2011 4:46:46 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: org.whodat

Aren’t community colleges publicly funded?


42 posted on 11/09/2011 5:33:18 PM PST by Katherine Ann
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