We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have five sons. The first two were of the 5%, old model, 4-year on campus, for a variety of reasons. Both finished over a decade ago. The third started in that fashion but finished online. The fourth went to an auto tech school and did not complete it but joined the USMC, where he did reasonably well at further training. The fifth has commuted to community college while living at home, working about 30 hours a week, and being in the Reserve. He hopes to be on campus beginning in January. The world is changing.
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Five of my six finished traditional 4-yr college and went into related jobs. That was 20-30 years ago. The sixth is a hotshot free-lance court reporter. She makes more than any of her siblings.
The Lumina Foundation is behind this White House's reimagining of all of higher ed. It was headed up by President Obama's mentor as a community organizer--Harry Boyte. Quoting anything from Lumina on higher ed is like quoting Pravda as an objective source on the economy. In addition, Lumina is heading up a cradle to career initiative involving 75 of the largest metro areas in the country. They had a Dallas 'convening' in January 2015.
The reimagining of higher ed is called the DQP-Diploma Qualifications Profile. It is covered in some detail here. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/constructing-an-alternative-vision-of-either-the-natural-or-human-world-as-the-basis-for-a-college-degree/
The fact is, City College of San Francisco is a bit of a scam and a bastion of the hard left in academia who learned how to game the system to keep themselves fed at San Francisco taxpayer expense. One of my sons went there for a while, but dropped out because of frustration. One of their big problems is that they had a lot of "ghost" faculty who were being paid salaries to but never seemed to find time to actually teach anything. This was one of things that put them under a watch and which eventually led to accreditation threats to shut down the school.
The second problem is that you can't take the higher level classes you need to graduate until you take a couple of mandatory introductory level "101" courses. And those courses are for some reason always "full," and the offerings are totally inadequate to meet the demand. So you spend your time taking electives like queer and gender studies, and other politically correct nonsense courses which aren't good for anything (notably, the dean of liberal arts studies while my son was there was named "Ms. Bob"), while hoping someday your get enough seniority as a student that your number comes up and you get into the core 101 courses which will then open up the path to take real higher level courses to let you get your AA degree or be able to transfer into a Cal State school. So there are a lot of students there who are working and trying to get an AA degree on the side and never getting anywhere. A lot of students, like my son, got disgusted and left.
For the moment, CCSF has been bailed out with cash infusions by the Brown administration. Of course, in typical fashion, they are now proposing "free tuition" while socking property owners for the cost.
Pointless article. A much more useful number would be how many students DON'T live on campus. They take what sounds like a large number "What percentage of students in American higher education today graduated from high school and enrolled in college within a year to attend a four year institution", reveal the actual small percentage and act surprised. All because the "and live on campus?” is really a tiny percentage of the overall college population.
Story of our family: we wed with the plan for spouse to go to university to upgrade from tech diploma. Lived off-campus; I worked while spouse studied (and worked away from home in the summer). Spouse ended up with good degree in marketable field and has enjoyed the career that followed.
Looking back, for my spouse, going the high school - working - tech diploma - working - university route was the right way to go. Ensured that university time not wasted as already knew where wanted to go with career.