Of Course They Operate Like Businesses – They ARE Businesses

Source: Endowments Boom as Colleges Bury Earnings Overseas – The New York Times I commented. I’m a former math professor who taught at Washington U. in St. Louis. From my vantage point, It is a sad statement for our society that this article is news at all, but I do hope that it will wake […]

As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away – The New York Times

Source: As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away – The New York Times I just had to comment on one aspect of the story. “… Here is the outrageous lie in this whole story: “…’Everybody tells you to go to college, get an education, and everything will be O.K. So […]

Cheating and “Retention”

This story ran in the NY Times: As Computer Coding Classes Swell So Does Cheating . I began to wonder if a general concern for actual “education” – at least in courses where major corporations would care – was making an appearance again. I couldn’t help but remember A Tale Out of School and I wrote this comment. Washington […]

Loans ‘Designed to Fail’ No, Simply Designed to Make Money, Not Educate

Source: Loans ‘Designed to Fail’: States Say Navient Preyed on Students – The New York Times I wrote, I taught at a “non-profit” (Why they are called that, I have no idea.) “elite” university. As an insider, here is my advice for readers. I strongly recommend that everyone carefully read the paragraphs of this article […]

NYT “Years of Ethics Charges, but Star Cancer Researcher Gets a Pass”Larger Questions? You Bet!

Source: Years of Ethics Charges, but Star Cancer Researcher Gets a Pass – The New York Times I wrote: Here is the “..Large Question..” and its Obvious Answer. (Even though I’m a professor, please don’t sleep through this.) Larger Question: Given that universities can, and do, gain through unscrupulous behavior, can we really believe that […]

A Quote to Keep in Mind

“…Franklin Roosevelt did not suddenly decide on his own to enact Social Security or grant union rights. Those ideas came up from below, through decades of frustration and struggle and conflict. If Americans want something different from their politicians, there is no alternative to this kind of exhausting and uncertain hard work…” (Italics are mine […]

The College Cares About Truth in Advertising? Oh?

Several companies are using high-pressure tactics, critics say, to persuade international students to enroll in U.S. colleges. Many will need remedial help to succeed. Source: Recruiting Students Overseas to Fill Seats, Not to Meet Standards I wrote, According to a Brookings study, Western Kentucky’s graduates have a median mid-career salary less than similar graduates attending […]

A Sad Example, One of Many

After freshman year, grants and scholarships may disappear for any number of reasons — some justified, some not. Source: Why Upperclassmen Lose Financial Aid – The New York Times I commented. This young lady sounds depressingly like another example of what our corrupted system of higher education has been doing to young people – and […]

Why Else Would He Call It a “University”?

…hundreds of pages of legal documents, as well as interviews with former students and instructors, suggest the surveys themselves were a central component of a business model that, according to lawsuits and investigators, deceived consumers,,, Source: At Trump University, Students Recall Pressure to Give Positive Reviews. Here is my take. I’m a former math professor. […]