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User Info We Can't Do Anything About.....; entered at 2017-08-05 21:42:22
Flappingeagle
Posts: 2640
Registered: 2011-04-14
Nonsensical said
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And college do purposely bottle neck students on cycles, that it, you have to take a set of course in a set sequence.


I can tell you that we do NOT do that where I teach. We have classes for the students to take that advance them toward their degree every semester. The biggest problem we have is that students don't pay attention to what we (I) tell them. I tell them about the two sequences (math and statistics) they have to be concerned with and for some of them I might as well be shouting at an anvil. Then there is my favorite, I will map out two or three semesters worth of classes so as to create a good path thru to the degree for them, then they show up in my office a couple of semesters later with all sorts of scheduling problems and say "I decided not to follow that schedule you made out". Seriously.

For a lot of students the problem is they have this "I'll just look it up on my phone" mentality. The problem with that is, if you haven't been paying ANY attention you don't know to look it up.

Another problem with Higher Ed is that the Fed's are now tracking 4-year and 6-year graduation rates because of the number of students taking out student loans and not graduating. This is ass-backwards. What it does is incentivize colleges to let anyone who can fog a mirror graduate to keep the Fed's happy and the money flowing. Back when college was cheaper people didn't have loans and colleges could do what they should: fail out those who can't/won't make it.

I could go on for pages but I'm going to get my binoculars and go look at the stars.

Flap
2017-08-05 21:42:22