Wash. Post Columnist Asks “Is a college degree the new high school diploma?”

Here is the link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/01/13/is-a-college-degree-the-new-high-school-diploma-heres-why-your-degrees-worth-is-stagnant/?utm_term=.de10fc02531b#comments

I wrote,

As a former math professor, I can assure the author that “a” college degree is not necessarily “just” a high school degree. That’s too optimistic.

You have to start with college “courses”. Most are not your grandmother’s college course, maybe not even her her high school course.

There are many reasons for this, but the main one was identified by Clark Kerr and David Riesman in 1980.

Here is David Riesman from his book “On Higher Education: The Academic Enterprise in an Era of Rising Student Consumerism

“…students [are] turn[ing] from being supplicants for admission to courted customers…the “wants” of students to which competing institutions, departments, and individual faculty members cater are quite different from the “needs” of students…advantage can…be taken of [students] by unscrupulous instructors and institutions…”

As a professor, I have seen how prescient Riesman and Kerr were. I describe some of what I have see on my blog inside-higher-ed . It’s more than outrageous.

It’s time that the general public become aware that, except for a few reputable places, a college degree is not what the purveyors of them purport them to be. Too many wolves are in charge of the sheepskins.

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