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.
Right on. Lots of worthwhile career pursuits outside of academia.
Perhaps one way to address this is to require colleges and universities which benefit from students getting student loans, to have some responsibility in payback time.
We could probably not require a university to repay a defaulted student loan. However, if State U keeps having students borrow money to study Gay/Lesbian/Trans/Questioning studies, and they are unable to repay the loan, then no further loans will be issued for that major. A slow way to choke off the money stream.
The function of higher ed for nearly all college students is to get qualified to hold a job in their chosen area. Most "studies" majors are only qualified to hold government jobs that require a degree of any kind.
It should be noted that 40 years ago a focus on humanities would provide the scholastic skills necessary to expand one's ability to reason, to study, to pursue many careers that did not require a hard core of science or math. It was a legitimate and honorable course of study in those days. BUT that was before the student loans debacle we are facing today. That was when a degree in humanities could be paid off in a couple of years. Today's students don't have that opportunity.
Whatever my views on higher ed may be, the question here is our views on the utility of using tax revenues to fund student loans. Anyone who wants to study grievance basketweaving is welcome to it, but I see no reason for the taxpayers to plump for the tuition, once we've clearly established that the degree won't lead to income and the loan is likely to default.
Don't like tying your choice of degree to filthy lucre? Good for you. Pay your own tuition and preserve your disinterestedness highmindedness.
Hey, I learned a lot of good stuff in college and even law school that didn't pertain entirely to my professional career, too. But since I came away with degrees that let me earn a living and repay my (very modest $5K) student loans, that's totally OK.
I remain unwilling to fund someone else's non-monetary life-enrichment adventures, unless I happen to be really fond of them personally.
Fewer "kids" should go to college, but fortunately opportunities for more adults to go to college are advancing apace.
At a time when many colleges are struggling with shrinking enrollment and tighter budgets, Southern New Hampshire is thriving on a grand scale, and it’s not alone. Liberty, Grand Canyon, and Western Governors Universities, along with a few other nonprofit institutions, have built huge online enrollments and national brands in recent years by subverting many of traditional higher education’s hallmarks. Western Governors has 88,585 undergraduates, according to U.S. Education Department data, more than the top 14 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings combined.
They’ve emphasized recruiting working adults over fresh high-school graduates. They’ve embraced competency-based education, in which students earn credits from life experiences and from demonstrating proficiency in a subject.
The Humanities major used to graduate with a developed ability to write and speak as well as some sense of history. This is no longer assured. Even then, the Liberal Arts graduate had to find some skill that had economic value they could earn a living with, but unlike the icky STEM major, or the never-college, they could think smart, sophisticated thoughts as they worked.
There is still a place for the residential college, in helping overgrown toddlers learn adulting
Pulsipher acknowledges that Western Governors can’t help every student. Many traditional-age college students head to a campus looking for what he calls “the emerging-adult experience” — learning how to take on more responsibility for time management, finances, and other life choices. That, Western Governors can’t provide.