Colleges: First They Flunk You, Then They Sue You
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  • Andrew Allison

    Is it not clear that admission requirements need to be significantly toughened in order to spare students not suited for baccalaureate degrees?
    Speaking from personal experience; the ones who are suited but not yet ready will get there later.

  • Corlyss Drinkard

    “bring them up to speed and help them navigate academically.”
    Um . . . shouldn’t there be some kind of feedback loop from colleges to the high schools that graduate these inferior students, esp. minority-heavy schools? Minorities seem to expect everyone else to accept their poor performance, indeed to standardize on it, rather than bring the minority students up to snuff. It ought to be part of the assessment of the public high schools’ effectivity that the colleges to which their graduates are shunted critique the high school instructors’ efforts.

    • Andrew Allison

      I propose it (admission requirements) below.

      • Corlyss Drinkard

        Well, that’s two of us . . . .

  • three_chord_sloth

    The truly bizarre part of this story is the failure to advise these students. Our colleges have done nothing for the past forty years but boost the numbers of non-teachers on their payrolls. If they’re not teaching and they’re not advising, just what they heck are all these expensive employees doing there?

    • Andrew Allison

      Feeding at the “if you’re breathing and have funding, we’ll take you” trough.

  • skhpcola

    I attended both of my local 4-year schools in my quest for a graduate degree and was well-advised throughout those 6 years. That might be the exception, rather than the rule, but from what I saw, you can scarcely take a class without justifying why you desire to do so.

    Of course, I also met my share of people with no aptitude for higher education that degraded the experience for all. One way is by the grade inflation and lowered standards necessary to keep these folks in school through graduation. I knew students in grad school that were barely literate and many were innumerate. Says a lot about why a Master’s degree isn’t worth what it used to be.

  • RedWell

    I generally agree (though I always assumed that figuring out and navigating the process was part of the education). However, VM has also lamented that higher ed is overloaded with administrators and administrative costs, such as student advisers and other programs to improve retention. Which one is it: helping working-class students or streamlining costs?

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