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As one who also teaches at a community college in New Jersey, I agree with Chuck that you feel the heat at that level for a variety of reasons, including the increasing pressure from administrators and state legislators who want to see evidence of “success.” Students, after all, are “customers” who’ve paid for their courses, and “customers” deserve satisfaction. Whether or not they've learned anything seems secondary to the need to stick diplomas into their hands.
increasing pressure from administrators ...... who want to see evidence of “success.”
I taught math one year at a low-achieving middle school. From the beginning, the principal pressured teachers to give passing grades. Gotta encourage 'em. [Not to mention that high retention rates would probably have caused Central Office to come down hard on the principal.]
Unfortunately for that point of view, when students are given passing grades for little work done, they see no need to increase their work level. A flunking grade, contrary to the principal's point of view, can cause students to wake up and focus. Most of them do not want to spend a second year in the class.
When I was the dean of a business school on an island in the Indian Ocean, I came down pretty hard on anyone on staff that referred to students as customers. The students are paying good money to attend the school and deserve to be treated with respect. But to be a student carries a responsibility quite a bit different from the typical customer. The student is expected to perform at his or her best, they are not entitled to passing grades.
I also have to say that the school was a private for profit institution. I'm back in Dallas now. Three months before my contract was due to expire.
Private for profit is not incompatible with high quality education. The management of the school has to, however, have some integrity.
Title IX has destroyed a large percentage of men's sports so in that respect it was eminemtly successful. It spawned tens of thousands of athletic scholarships for women in softball, rowing and a handful of other fake sports that lose millions for the colleges, so chalk up another success for title IX. So, hell yes, bring on title IX for science!! What could go wrong??
True but "educated" doesn't fit well in the spreadsheet where as "grades" make nice entries, can be averaged and compared. The desire for control causes bureaucracies to highlight the quantifiable, which causes workers to work to improve those numbers to the detriment of the real valuable outcome as it is the "grades" they are rewarded for in the near term.
In addition, students are indoctrinated at an early age to see learning as force and disagreeable. The eager learner quickly learns that getting ahead of the syllabus brings rebuke, not to mention social isolation as a "nerd or brain".
I can't say if football or any sports at college are a good thing. But as I understand it football pays for itself and in fact generally pays for the other sports as well. For that reason alone I think college football and scholarships for players makes sense where it doesn't for title IX sports.