A good bit on higher education: Americans Think We Have the Best Colleges. We Don’t. Excerpt:
Americans have a split vision of education. Conventional wisdom has long held that our K-12 schools are mediocre or worse, while our colleges and universities are world class. While policy wonks hotly debate K-12 reform ideas like vouchers and the Common Core state standards, higher education is largely left to its own devices. Many families are worried about how to get into and pay for increasingly expensive colleges. But the stellar quality of those institutions is assumed.
Yet a recent multinational study of adult literacy and numeracy skills suggests that this view is wrong. America’s schools and colleges are actually far more alike than people believe — and not in a good way. The nation’s deep education problems, the data suggest, don’t magically disappear once students disappear behind ivy-covered walls.
For another take on this, read Stuart Schneiderman’s analysis here.
Both articles miss one of our major problems with our institutions of higher education, and that is the continued – nay, the increasing offering of crap degrees. The recent, unwashed, unfortunate “Occupy” movement was rife with examples of recipients of such degrees: Dupes who, having been awarded degrees in such areas as Women’s Studies or Underwater Dog Polishing, are now unable to find “suitable work,” and are protesting to have others (taxpayers, the productive, people who made better life decisions than they) pick up their tab.
With a crap degree one may expect to have a crap career. As stated a thousand or more time in these pages, it is not the legitimate role of government to protect people from the consequences of bad decisions.
With that said, it is bordering on fraud for universities – which are taxpayer-supported – to offer crap degrees. The several States should take steps to correct this.