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  •  Let's look at how these agencies operate (6+ / 0-)

    If they are restricting supply. The number of unenployed PhD's I know indicates they are. We can point that out, if they have a pattern of varying laxity and strict adhereance in order to control the number of eligible colleges, point that out.

    They are only screwing us because we let them.

    •  Court will soon look at two lawsuits challenging (6+ / 0-)
      City College of San Francisco ... revocation decision by the western regional branch of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
      claiming that
      the commission violated the state's Unfair Competition Law by evaluating the college with unfair, biased or illegal procedures.

      Among other claims, the lawsuits allege the commission was prejudiced against the college's mission of "open access" to the public and that two evaluation teams lacked adequate representation by professors. They contend Commission President Barbara Beno engaged in a conflict of interest by appointing her husband to one of the teams.

      Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/...
    •  This seems appropriate (3+ / 0-)
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      annieli, orestes1963, tobendaro

      to be honest, I can't tell you how many 'college graduates' I run into who have skills and understanding of basic education that just baffle me.  

      A college degree does mean something to me, but let's be honest, even many 'real' universities are quickly turning into diploma mills.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 07:09:28 AM PST

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      •  Do you think the ones I would engage (1+ / 0-)
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        fall into that category?

      •  What's the video BTW (0+ / 0-)

        I can't figure out my phone settings. Pages keep saying my java is off but my settings say on.

        •  Final scene from the movie 'Accepted' (0+ / 0-)

          It's cute.. unrealistic, but funny.   If you want to see a VERY young (and horribly overweight) Jonah Hill, that's the one.

          Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

          by Chris Reeves on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 09:12:11 AM PST

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      •  Well, I Can't Find Online Text... (1+ / 0-)
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        tobendaro

        ...because the copyright is too recent, and Piers Anthony is clearly still making too much money off of it.  But one of the stories in his superb collection of shorts, "Anthonology", is titled "University".  He writes that it was inspired by his attempt to gain admission to the University of Miami (as I recall). And being Anthony, it's as hilarious as you would expect.

        On a more serious note, I'm a veteran of both wasted (parents paid, majored in Greek and Latin)  and useful (student loans, night school, physical sciences toward my oceanography grad school admission) college educations.  Obviously the majority of the degree's worth is a matter of the student's effort.

        That said, for-profit, borderline fraudulent diploma mills have become the favored child in the education industry today (it chilled me to read Rick Perry refer to health care and education as "businesses" that the government should get out of). Of course a school needs to mind its dollars and break even.  But maximizing profit for shareholders is the opposite of a school's purpose, and leads to the same shortfalls in schooling that it does in the insurance industry.

        That's why in my prospective school I want to avoid online fora, and focus on the students' physical presence.  That's critical for physical sciences.  Being together in an actual group improves the learning process (like being together with friends beats chatrooms and facebook). And there's my ulterior motive of helping revitalize a dying town (and unless I'm putting a corporate campus there, that ain't gonna happen with an online gig).

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