Fixing the Schools
Can Transparency and High Quality Schools Fix Higher Education?
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  • Andrew Allison

    Salam (and TAI) completely miss the key point, which is that higher educatation is not for everybody. Instead of tinkering with a system based on the nonsensical proposition that everybody should have a college education, we need to create a new one which changes the focus of Community Colleges from college prep to trade prep and stops admitting to Universities students who require remedial education. Aan even worthier goal would be to require that High Schools stopt graduating uneducated students, but that’s probably too much to hope for.

  • Anthony

    “Can transparency and high quality schools fix higher education” begs the question. That is, facts have been presumed when they may just be otherwise. As Andrew Allison so aptly infers, does college model fundamentally apply to civic need (especially as it relates to our general populace).

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “According to Salam, policymakers need to address two major issues first and foremost: increasing transparency and improving the accessibility of quality schools”

    More Government, that’s your solution? I say what is needed is less Government interference. End all education grants, loans, taxpayer support, and regulations, and see the free market produce what it always produces, continuously improving Quality, Service, and Price. Only by facing competition for their very existence, will these bloated institutions make the changes necessary to improve higher education.

  • Duncan Frissell

    “the absence of useful and reliable data that students and parents can use to evaluate programs of all kinds.”

    There’s plenty of “data”, it’s just that students and parents can’t interpret it. Every school has a website. If you know how to read, you can see by the language used and the images selected that most colleges are a waste of money. If the website is filled with edu-speak, don’t bother. A careful reading, will allow anyone to determine its philosophy. If a parent has an educational philosophy, he can determine a match. If he doesn’t have an educational philosophy, he should develop one before spending so much money.

    For example, I know in advance that most colleges are left-wing propaganda mills totally uninterested in teaching anything useful. So my selection process is eased. If you happen to be a left-winger, it will be harder for you because you have more colleges to investigate but spend a little time judging rigor and stick with institutions that promise it.

    Then there are thew thousands of secondary sources on the Net that will tell you exactly what the institution is like. No excuses.

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