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Drastic reforms to make higher ed affordable are needed -- and likely.
How would this guy feel about going to an on-line-trained dentist?
How would this guy feel about going to an on-line-only-trained urologist? (a little online plagiarism going on there)
Actually, before ditching the traditional classroom start by ditching the semipro sports. Not recreational sports or phy ed, just the expensive semipro sports. Only a few schools ever get any real monetary benefit from them.
There already are $10k degrees. Ok....maybe $12.5k. Thats how much I paid for my two year tech degree just a few years ago. I now make over $50k a year. Oh wait....you have to actually do manual labor with this degree. I know that will eliminate about 80% of those out there who want the mythical $70,000 a year desk jobs. I know many will look down at what I do as an electrician and think they are too good for it. Well, I will always be employable while you sit there wondering why nobody will hire you with your worthless Arts/Science degree.
From the article: "This means a reliance on online and distance-learning alternatives." Bill Gates promoting on-line alternatives? Imagine that!
ASK what % of a college budget is spent IN the classroom. It aint the professor salaries that have ballooned every year.
I have a friend who retired from teaching college level math--community college and the U of M. Now he corrects papers for correspondence course-takers. He reports a low success rate, notwithstanding Arthur C. Brooks' glowing recommendation. Perhaps if everyone waited a decade to mature before pursuing a postsecondary degree? Perhaps if there were more American Enterprise Institutes to which correspondence and long-distance students could aspire?
Note to gophfan10101: Congratulations on your achievement! Community College and tech degrees are an admirable way for young people to gain skills and knowledge--especially in this day and age when jobs come and go practically at warp speed. Would you recommend that your two-year degree in electronics be offered on-line, or did you benefit from person-to-person teaching? ................................................................................ One more thing: $12.5K times two is $25K for a four-year degree.
People can't possibly justify the current model. Students have become just another consumer for colleges to extract money. Some of you complain about the college sports machine, yes it's another money sink, but ignore the rest of the issues and just direct your scorn at that issue because its easy. Stop being a simpleton. Look at all the companies out there working to pull in students for colleges, it has become another business and its a shame, people need to stop paying these schools, send your kid to community college for 2 years, let them earn a semi debt free education for the first couple years, then they can decide where to finish school. Unless ou are trying to become a doctor, lawyer or specialized field, it doesn't matter where you went to school.
MCTC tuition is currently $5,342 per year. I think a four-year $10k degree would be mythical.
I've worked at two different small companies where they started putting resumes that listed online degrees straight into the shredder. Both of my bosses said that they had never interviewed someone with an online degree who was qualified to do even an entry-level job in our industry, let alone do the higher-level work that their diploma allegedly qualified them for. I would be curious to know what field the author's degree is in. And I would also be curious to know how much of his success is due to his degree, and how much is due to networking and relationships.
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