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I agree with you in theory as to what a university SHOULD be; however, unless it is a state institution, your suggestion of controlling their actions and agenda is simply, illegal, unconstitutional and frankly, contrary to some basic principles of a free republic. And to think educational institutions are only about expanding minds is (i respectfully state) naive. They are almost all about making a profit, first and foremost. No profit= out of business. i do agree with you in spirit and believe profit should never come at the expense of a well rounded, liberal education . Case in point, while i was attending Syracuse, our chancellor won businessman of the year. I wrote an editorial to the student paper stating my belief student's needs might be better met if he focus on winning "educator of the year". Oh ...and as a sidebar, you are damn cute.
I have been a student since 2001. I have technical degrees, science degrees, and am working on my second Masters in education. I was also accepted into a doctoral program two years ago.
I believe that colleges and universities are not using money wisely. These institutions have captured the brightest working minds available, yet they often increase tuitions dramatically while receiving funds from multiple avenues for working capital. When certain projects need more funding, they often describe difficulties finding working capital.
Please keep in mind that the sole purpose of these institutions is to develop the mind. With that said, I believe these institutions should really analyze what is "value added" and what is not. They need continuous development to provide world class education. Sitting on big funds is unethical. Instead I propose that not only should private corporations be involved with the decision making, but the parents and/or students as well.
In free markets based on choice, the choices seem limited and often produce negative results. Liberating and limiting equal party involvement can help to produce value added programming and planning to help create a more world class environment for learners.
I attended Syracuse University, a private school. I did not always agree with their financial activity nor decisions; but, i knew i was attending a private institution and that their decisions were their own. i also got one heck of a good education at the Newhouse School of Public Communications. To this day, my life is continuously enriched by my experience at Syracuse. I still disagree with a lot of their private decisions; however, i accept that no one is perfect. Go Cuse!
My entire 4 years at Arizona State University (Tempe) cost less than $800, including books from 1956-60. I lived at home, commuted about five miles to school. I was an Arizona resident. My wife and I had 4 children while I was a student there. At that time, Arizona State had around 8500 students. Now, Arizona State is the largest University in the country, with more than 70,000 students at 3 campuses within a 20 mile radius (aprx.). What has happened to the cost of education for our children and grandchildren?
All this wealth and yet there are still those who are homeless, hungry, poor, etc that are still suffering in these rich wealthy cities.
I think that instead of these cities wasting money on buildings, roads, etc why don't the cities use their wealth to help those who are in fact homeless, hungry, poor, etc who are still suffering in these cities.
Does anyone else agree with me?
The Ivy-athletic programs are second-rate; if you want it all...Stanford's for you! Not just football, not just men; Stanford has more national championships than any of the other quality universities. Go Tree!
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