Reading this article reminded me of another perspective on the whole High Ed. accountability issue: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamespoulos/20…
Preach it, Ian!
I worked 20-25 hours a week at a restaurant, while enrolled in a full course load throughout school. I took school very seriously. When I wasn't in class or working my balls off for $10/hour, I went to guest lectures, office hours, networked, etc. I got my degree in English and went back for a post-bacc in Medieval Literature. My alma mater refused to release my transcripts when I couldn't pay an outstanding balance on my account. I couldn't apply for grad school or serious jobs without my transcripts. Years later, it turned out that the remaining balance was a big, fucking ERROR! In the end, it didn't matter, I was just another account that needed to be settled.
I don't regret the classes I took, or pursuing my interests, and I'm not bitter about how my life is turning out. (Who knows? I may have been hit by a bus on my way to an accounting class or business seminar.) However, I do feel stupid for forgetting that Higher Education is a lucrative business. Of course they have something for everyone, of course they'll help you find scholarships, grants, loans, etc. College and academia seems an obvious pyramid scheme now, but that's not what everyone thought 9 years ago. Thank G(g?)od quesadillas and porn are still within my budget.
All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC
Contact Info |
Production Guidelines |