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  •  Something Weird Happened at My Alma Mater (7+ / 0-)

    Between when I left in 1995 and when I returned in 2009 to complete my degree.

    I observed a couple of things:

    1) Tuition was 400%+ what it was 15 years before.
    2) Workload in classes was absolutely intense. Professors were assigning insane amounts of reading. For a full but normal course load one quarter, I calculated that if I read textbooks 18 hours a day, 7 days a week for the entire term, I could only spend 90 minutes on each page.
    3) Student morale was deadly low and there was no sign of extra-curricular activities or student life.
    4) Student graduation rates had plummeted to a level so low that it was threatening the viability of the institution.

    Meanwhile, tuition continued to rise, new buildings continued to be built -- including a new rec center -- and a university president was installed at nearly a half-million a year salary.

    The university was/is in a state of philosophical, spiritual and existential crisis.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:27:55 PM PST

    •  Another Oddity Was (5+ / 0-)

      That as a new recreation center was going up, instructors were being put on furlough because of budget problems. (They said that the funds for new construction came out of a separate funding source.) Because of this, there were not enough upper-division courses being offered in my major for all of the seniors to graduate, until a few professors stepped in and added classes to the schedule essentially "for free" so that students could graduate.

      Insanity.

      This was at a mid-level state college in my state -- certainly not prestigious -- but a place that had delivered adequate college education relatively problem free previously for decades.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:30:34 PM PST

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