Scary Sentences About Higher Education

27 04 2011

“If current trends continue, the Department of Education estimates that by 2014 there will be more administrators than instructors at American four-year nonprofit colleges.”

“Since 1978, the price of tuition at US colleges has increased over 900 percent, 650 points above inflation.”

“If you’re enrolled in four college classes right now, you have a pretty good chance that one of the four will be taught by someone who has earned a doctorate and whose teaching, scholarship, and service to the profession has undergone the intensive peer scrutiny associated with the tenure system. In your other three classes, however, you are likely to be taught by someone who has started a degree but not finished it… This is not an improvement; fewer than forty years ago, when the explosive growth in tuition began, these proportions were reversed.”
“In addition to the billions colleges have spent on advertising, sports programs, campus aesthetics, and marketable luxuries, they’ve benefited from a public discourse that depicts higher education as an unmitigated social good.”

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3 responses

27 04 2011
Jonathan Weisman

You may find this recent article on Ars Technica interesting in this context:

Too Many Doctorates?


27 04 2011

Colour me unsurprised with this trend! Oh, by the way, Andrew, can you send me an email at the university? I have a question that needs your particular academic expertise and insight!

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