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Learning too fast

2012-07-06 18:50:50.720648+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

I love it, a university admits flat out that it's not about the demonstrated knowledge... University sues student who 'studied too fast'

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-07-08 23:20:35.207909+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, but I also think that the various studies suggesting that the level of college acts primarily as a high pass filter, and only actually changes outcomes in extremely low-income students, suggests that the circumstances are more complex than just the cheap schools soaking kids for student loans...

#Comment Re: made: 2012-07-08 18:11:22.156575+00 by: andylyke

Meuon: absolutely! especially politics.

Dan: My issue isn't with price, it's with quality. The school I taught in (ever so briefly) was all about roping in people of little prospect, saddling them with debt and sending them out, with no concern for quality of education. I believe that, ceteris paribus, delivering good education is more expensive than delivering crappy "education", which leaves lots of headroom for profit.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-07-08 17:26:13.918077+00 by: Dan Lyke

I don't think it's just the "for-profit" vs "not-for-profit", I remember someone with multiple Masters degrees, teaching credentials in 3 states, trying to get credentialed in California and being given a price more than a curriculum at Dominican University in San Rafael.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-07-08 10:34:58.173039+00 by: meuon

"Introducing the profit motive to education and medicine has been, in my opinion, very counterproductive." - Your forgot law and politics.

Basicly, anything for the "common good" gets it's head on crooked when motivated by profit.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-07-07 12:34:55.310791+00 by: andylyke

I think the operative part of this is "private". I taught for 2 "semesters" (10 weeks total) at a private "university" (American Intercontinental University), where the sole objective was profit. I studied and worked in non profit universities (Cornell, Emory and Southern Polytechnic State U., a unit of the University System of Georgia) I found in those that the emphasis was on learning, with concern for financial stability to support the primary mission.

Introducing the profit motive to education and medicine has been, in my opinion, very counterproductive.