Who is Scamming Whom?

More U.S. campuses pay agents commissions to find foreign students—illegal when recruiting most Americans—but sometimes get phony applications, ghostwritten essays.

Source: American Colleges Pay Agents to Woo Foreigners, Despite Fraud Risk

I wrote the following.

“Risk of Fraud“? Who is defrauding whom?

If higher education wasn’t such a serious matter, it would be funny that U.S. institutes of “higher learning” were afraid of being scammed themselves.  It is so much more fun being the scammer, not the scammed.

Just listen to David Riesman.

“…advantage can…be taken of [students] by unscrupulous instructors and institutions…like any other interest group, the student estate often does not grasp its own interests, and those who speak in its name are not always its friends…”

That was 1980.

It is much worse and much more widespread now.

I am a former math professor and I know of what I speak.

Anyone interested in the details can read my blog, inside-higher-ed.com, especially the documented tale of my experience at Washington University in St. Louis, where I taught for many years. (See A Tale Out of School.)

Oh, and about Wichita State.  According to Brookings,They add almost zero value to their graduates salary. (A link is on my blog.)

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Link to My Discussion of Higher Ed on “Up Front Fridays” in Traverse City, Michigan

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Very Important Elucidating New Data

At some expensive colleges, the salaries of students 10 years after enrollment are bleak, and there is an earnings gender gap at every top university. Source: Gaps in Alumni Earnings Stand Out in Release of College Data - The New York Times I … [Continue reading]

How to Measure a College’s Value

An ambitious survey finds that brand matters less than other factors in graduates’ future contentment. Source: How to Measure a College’s Value My comment. (In reply to Outside the Box, who wrote that The study does not adjust for the fact that … [Continue reading]

Colleges Are Fooling You About “Tuition”

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New Data Gives Clearer Picture of Student Debt – But What About Student Assets? Do They Have Them? AND What Data? Appropriate Data? I’m Afraid Not

The increases in debt and default rates are concentrated among students at for-profit and community colleges, even though those students borrow less on average. Source: New Data Gives Clearer Picture of Student Debt - The New York Times Here was … [Continue reading]

President Obama: Please Focus on Affordable EDUCATION.  Using a College That is a Net LOSS to Students Just Shows How Out of Touch Your Affordable College Goal Is.

The visit is intended to increase pressure on lawmakers by building support for the president’s proposal across the nation, his domestic policy adviser said. Source: Obama Promotes Plan for College Affordability on Michigan Trip - The New York … [Continue reading]

More On: Is College Tuition Really Too High? – The New York Times

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