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  •  nah (0+ / 0-)

    Those privileged offspring wouldn't make up enough to fill the coffers. What my proposal would so is force colleges to define very wisely what they offer (programs that can lead to employment), how much it costs (do we REALLY need a Starbucks, the best fitness facility in the region, and 12 directors for each?) and recruit and retain accordingly. As admissions works now, students with a disadvantaged background with the grades are plums. That wouldn't change.

    His proposal has some merit but it doesn't really force the issue as much. When money is easy colleges will spend lavishly and recruit (sucker?) students that might not belong there in the first place.

    •  That would change under your proposal (0+ / 0-)
      As admissions works now, students with a disadvantaged background with the grades are plums.
      if the college was gambling on having to pick up the tab for four years of college if this student doesn't get a job after graduation.

      Pick a student whose parents can pay full freight, no loans, even if that student is a straight F academically. If he can't get a job after college, who cares?

      Not the college.

      •  Again there aren't enough (0+ / 0-)

        of those around to fill the universities up. And straight F students wouldn't get admitted. And I should clarify my proposal is not a binary thing. It would have to be based on some formula like x amount of the loan after x amount of years. Plus you have to verify the students were actually pursuing employment in their fields etc. And kids at the bottom of the class would have to be differentiated from the honors students. And elite universities versus community community colleges, etc.

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