Skip to comments.Columbia Teaches How to "Occupy" at $5001.09
Posted on 01/06/2012 8:11:46 AM PST by Kaslin
Recently, Columbia University in New York proposed offering a class in Occupy Wall Street. I suppose the class will teach people how to camp out in a city park. Under a continuation of the Obama administration, this might actually become a good life skill.
One facet of the class that I want to point out is its cost. There is an ongoing debate over the cost of a college education and if it is worth it. In general, a typical student completes a degree in four years. Masters students, course of study is compressed, two years. Time and money become a real constraint when selecting classes.
The cost for one year of undergraduate education at Columbia is roughly $53,345 all in. That includes room, board, books, tuition, and fees. Divide that by how many credit hours a normal student takes (32/yr) and you arrive at $1667.03 per credit hour. Masters students pay more per credit hour for their classes.
If you are borrowing money to go to school, the actual cost of the credit hour goes up because it will cost you more when you repay the loan. And if you are on government aid, the American taxpayer gets to pay for it!
Given that the Occupy Wall Street class is a three credit hour class, it costs an undergrad $5001.09 to learn how to camp out in a park and beat a drum while articulating a far left manifesto. I shouldnt forget to mention that the student ought to consider what a future employer might think when they see that class on a transcript. I suppose if you are going to work for a far left non-government organization it would look favorable. But, I dont think it will look particularly sharp if you are trying to get a job in a field like consulting.
If students began looking at classes on a cost/benefit basis and extrapolating how the chosen class will help them in the future, we would see less fluff and more real stuff. Maybe its not the actual cost of a college education that is the real problem. Its the classes that are taken while they are there.
I wonder what the syllabus items are?
Nudity as a protest weapon
Achieving poor sanitation in 3 days
The value of your bodily secretions on public service vehicles
Hooking up the 99% way.
Not suprising at all. During the height of the Occupy movement in NYC the New York Daily News printed a story about a young man who was getting college credits from the Unverisity of Alabama for defacating, urninating and fornicating at Zucotti Park. No wonder America’s youth is going to hell on roller skates.
what a ridiculous crock. Why doesn’t this “college” teach something worthwhile like how to build and open a factory
The biggest challenge to the school was how to get a police car into the classroom for proper instructions on how to take a dump.
The Boy Scouts & the Girl Scouts teach how to camp for far less than $5001.09.
Jeez Columbia...my parents and the Boy Scouts taught me for free!! I don't need to pay you $5001.09.
Matter of fact, I'll teach anyone that for $100, and I'll throw in how to canoe.
The math is wrong here since ther 53K/year includes housing. The cost per credit at CC and GS is only about $900. a Decade ago it was $600. I know, I worked and paid for Columbia myself, while living at home.
Tuition at the Columbia School of General Studies is $1392 per credit. For a three credit course, that amounts to $4176. If you add a pro-rata share of various manatory student fees, books, etc. the author’s number is certainly in the ballpark.
See this link: http://www.gs.columbia.edu/tuition-and-fees-chart
Somehow I doubt the kids taking this course will have twice as good an education as mine was. They seem to be protesting the wrong people.