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 looked at a college rankings website the other day, and noticed that they include a lot of statistics about student success; but not the percent of students who find work in their chosen field; or the average salary that they earn. These are the two most important pieces of information that a prospective student needs before deciding on a School, and a Major. But the information is not available to them.
Here are the two resources that are supposed to provide this information, but don't.
The reason that the government doesn't provide information on employment success and salaries is that schools would have to compete in order to rank high on the list. But schools don't want to compete. Schools are only in the business of issuing credentials. They don't want to know what happens to students after they graduate; all of them can go jump off a cliff.
It's not the schools that need to be fixed. It's the corrupt government system that causes young people to make bad decisions. Every college and university should be required to track graduates; and to collect employment data which will then be posted on the above websites. But the government doesn't want to do this, because once it starts measuring success, it's own failures will become even more apparent. For example, what's the average salary for each government department and agency? I can tell you right now: It's none of your business.
None of the interest groups at the universities have an incentive to operate more efficiently or at lower costs. Right down to the US News and World Report rankings:
05:34 Trevor Burrus: And you said, you guys cite something that I didn’t know, but the US News and World Report, that has a direct relationship between how much you spend per student. So, if you spend less and get the same output, your ranking will go down, which is insane.
Do not allow government (federal, state, local) to forgive or payoff student loans. End the federal student loan program. End grants to universities. As it stands they could as well be referred to as universaltitties.