Universities are Doomed, College is Revolting

… most schools just don’t do a very good job anymore. They are four year summer camps for kids who got trophies for showing up. Now, they get degrees for showing up. Gone are most course requirements and core curricula, in their place, useless exercises in things like race and gender studies. Studies show that the amount of homework the average college kid does has been cut in half over the last couple of decades. __ Colleges Doomed

Graduates often have as much as $200,000 in debt, yet have difficulty finding jobs that pay more than $50,000 a year. Student loan debt has tripled in a decade, even while many universities now see no problem in departing from their primary mission of education, and have drifted into a priority of ideological brainwashing and factories of propaganda. Combine all these factors, and you have a generation of young people who may have student debt larger than the mortgage on a median American house (meaning they will not be the first-time home purchasers that the housing market depends on to survive), while having their head filled with indoctrination that carries zero or even negative value in the private sector workforce. __ Education Disruption 2015

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Education, much like our money supply, is a system built on trust. We are trusting colleges to instill valuable knowledge in our students, and in doing so, create a more valuable workforce and society. But when those who find no tangible value begin to openly proclaim, “the emperor has no clothes!” colleges will find themselves in a hard-to-defend downward spiral. __ More than half of colleges are doomed

Higher cost lower value: $1 trillion US college loan debt, high unemployment and underemployment for graduates, high dropout/ high indebtedness. Colleges are more philosophically oriented toward obsolete leftist ideologies, and are not preparing students for a turbulent and unpredictable future. Professors and administrators are intentionally creating drones rather than free-thinking problem solvers.

The average college graduate is now almost $30,000 underwater, with some on the hook for over $100,000.

This debt keeps young people from starting families, buying houses, and taking risks on new businesses. It also exacerbates the growing problem of wealth inequality and declining social mobility, since it gives debt-free graduates from wealthier families an enormous head start over their peers.

Many baby boomers without kids in college don’t fully appreciate how the economy is tilted against the rising generation — or how much higher education financing has changed from previous generations. __ Debt Time Bomb

Climate of Oppression: Universities have slashed due process rights, there are no free speech rights, political indoctrination in classrooms is out of control . . .

Off campus alternatives: MOOCs, alternative degrees and certifications, alternative life paths with happier and more prosperous outcomes . . . Online learning is just one reason why universities are doomed

Top Heavy Administrative Burden: Political administrators consuming more of university budgets, and are exerting undue influence on academic content and personnel

Universities are creating tons of useless and counterproductive admin jobs, while cutting back or not paying their non-admin staff. __ Universities are doomed

Follow the money and the politics . . .

10 percent of private, nonprofit college presidents say they’ve blocked the hire of someone they disagreed with ideologically. “And the fact that a majority of college presidents admit to have blocked hiring as well as tenure due to ‘competence’ is particularly alarming, since it is doubtful that college presidents have the scholarly competence to judge faculty competence.” _Inside Higher Ed

Administrations set campus policies, control overall budgets, and are primarily responsible for creating an atmosphere of oppression on campus.

Lower Standards for Admission and Graduation: Affirmative action, social promotion, grade inflation . . . are dumbing-down the college experience. America is being dumbed down for affirmative action. Can the rest of the world be far behind? Affirmative action means hiring and promoting the unqualified — because if they were qualified, they wouldn’t need affirmative action.

Unqualified students clog the classrooms and eventually drop out with high debt, a history of failure, and an attitude of angry grievance toward society. Unqualified faculty and staff create a more permanent unpleasantness and dysfunction throughout the university system. As rioting and revolution spring up on campus with a vengeance, affirmative action students, faculty, and staff will participate without prompting.

How Can Colleges Avoid Doom?


Researchers in pedagogy and learning theory are struggling to devise better systems of learning to replace the modern dysfunctional and destructive university.

… we should ensure that kids know how to code (and thus understand how technical systems work), enable students to take control of their own learning (such as by helping to design the syllabus and to lead the class), and devise more nuanced, flexible, peer-driven assessments. Asking “are we preparing students for the interdisciplinary approach necessary to solving grand challenges?,” JSB advocated for entrepreneurial, playful approaches to learning. He celebrated the creative problem-solving represented by design practices, which bring together thinking and doing (“head and hand”), provide an environment where it is OK to fail, and engage in peer and collective critiquing to promote new perspectives. __ Chronicle Higher Ed

They are on the right track, except about 5 or 10 years too late. Kids should be learning clear thinking, creative problem solving, and playful approaches to meeting grand challenges in an inter-disciplinary manner, when they are 10 years old — not wait until they are 20.

Minerva University in San Francisco is one of the most innovative colleges of today. Whether it is robust and anti-fragile enough to stand up to the future is something only time will tell:

Minerva, which operates for profit, started teaching its inaugural class of 33 students this month. To seed this first class with talent, Minerva gave every admitted student a full-tuition scholarship of $10,000 a year for four years, plus free housing in San Francisco for the first year. Next year’s class is expected to have 200 to 300 students, and Minerva hopes future classes will double in size roughly every year for a few years after that.

… Minerva is not a MOOC provider. Its courses are not massive (they’re capped at 19 students), open (Minerva is overtly elitist and selective), or online, at least not in the same way Coursera’s are. Lectures are banned. All Minerva classes take the form of seminars conducted on the platform I tested. The first students will by now have moved into Minerva’s dorm on the fifth floor of a building in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood and begun attending class on Apple laptops they were required to supply themselves.

Each year, according to Minerva’s plan, they’ll attend university in a different place, so that after four years they’ll have the kind of international experience that other universities advertise but can rarely deliver. By 2016, Berlin and Buenos Aires campuses will have opened. Likely future cities include Mumbai, Hong Kong, New York, and London. Students will live in dorms with two-person rooms and a communal kitchen. They’ll also take part in field trips organized by Minerva, such as a tour of Alcatraz with a prison psychologist. Minerva will maintain almost no facilities other than the dorm itself—no library, no dining hall, no gym—and students will use city parks and recreation centers, as well as other local cultural resources, for their extracurricular activities. _ Atlantic

Much more at link.

If Minerva succeeds in overturning the traditional system, it is likely to set a standard for provocative education that even the most elite of schools will have trouble meeting. More on Minerva here . . . here . . . and here.

Charles Murray says that college is a waste of time for most people. Only 25% of young people have the IQ to benefit from a rigorous 4 year college education. The rest would do better exploring other options. Even for those with IQs above 115, a high proportion would be better served by making other choices than the conventional one.

College is supposed to be a zone of free thought and free speech. But if you read about the medieval atmosphere of oppression that prevails on many campuses of “higher learning,” you will think twice about going into debt — or urging your children to go into debt — to face a 4 year trial of indoctrination, humiliation, and academic tyranny.

Instead of being a place to learn, college is more often though of as a place to binge, fornicate, do drugs, receive an academic lobotomy via indoctrination and submission to PC Gestapo, and live as well as you can on borrowed money until it is time to face the music. By then, many students have become tone deaf and choose to ignore “the music” for the rest of their lives.

Bricks and mortar campuses are destined for a renaissance of riot and revolution. The tactics used by the left to silence creative and generative thought will be taken up by the growing number of disaffected, and put to more effective use. Arson and assassination will find their way into the mix, along with high explosives. A black crop of ideological and tyrannical devastation has been sown across the minds of students and the fields of higher education, and a catastrophic harvest of destruction will be reaped on many campuses. Parents beware.

A few articles predicting the doom of college:

10 reasons why universities are doomed

8 reasons why more than half of colleges are doomed

Podunk private colleges are doomed

For-profit colleges doomed

Send your child to prison instead of college

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a dangerous childhood.

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15 Responses to Universities are Doomed, College is Revolting

  1. jccarlton says:

    Reblogged this on The Arts Mechanical and commented:
    Mike Rowe has a solution to this problem. It’s called working smarter and harder. learn how to weld or machine. Earn money. The you can get education when you want it on your own dime. Education isn’t going to a place, sitting in a chair and getting a grade. Education never stops. You don’t need the credential, just the skills. and skill are something you develop.
    http://profoundlydisconnected.com/

    • alfin2101 says:

      Right. Mike Rowe is one of several high profile people who is pushing the trades as an alternative to college. It is an important message that needs spreading.

      Welding and machining are two skills that allow a person time to educate himself, if he is good. There are many others. If one combines a marketable skill with entrepreneurial skills, he can build a business with the potential to multiply his income.

      Mike Rowe himself has diversified and created multiple income streams, which is smart.

  2. They are four year summer camps for kids who got trophies for showing up. Now, they get degrees for showing up. Gone are most course requirements and core curricula, in their place, useless exercises in things like race and gender studies. Studies show that the amount of homework the average college kid does has been cut in half over the last couple of decades.

    Hmm but if the classes are dummed down and easy, why is the IQ retirement, according to Murray, so high?

    • alfin2101 says:

      It is easy to get a degree in a dumbed-down department, and graduate with a debt of $100,000 and no employment skills.

      But to benefit from the four years of “a rigorous college programme,” and graduate with marketable skills, one needs an IQ of roughly 115 or above. Affirmative action hiring obviously interferes with the basic economics of supply and demand.

      Competent STEM graduates tend to be in demand if the graduate is willing to shop his skills and is willing to re-locate to gain experience. Many fields require graduate, post-graduate, or professional training after undergrad. For work purposes, it is about marketable skills. College administrators just want to pack the rolls and keep the cash flow moving. Bankers are happy to oblige as long as loans are not dischargeable.

      Most kids just want to have fun at someone else’s expense. IQ doesn’t signify in that regard.

  3. Hey, linked to this on my site, interesting blog, I think we generally agree on a lot of the stuff in regards to the eventual doom of this culture.

    • alfin2101 says:

      It is not important to agree on anything, as long as content is thought-provoking.

      If a blogger merely echoes the things he reads or hears without added value, the blog is superfluous. Most university students and recent graduates lack the experience in life to write provocative copy. That is not their fault. It is the fault of a culture that shelters them from real live experiences and responsibilities for too long — often to the point that it is too late for the young adult to develop an independent mind.

      That is one of the many tragedies of modern culture which the Al Fin blogs are attempting to point out and help to remedy.

  4. vxxc2014 says:

    Education isn’t Civilization.

  5. Hell_Is_Like_Newark says:

    My wife back in her home country was given an IQ test by her employer as part of the application process. She was hired in part on the results of the test; for the test indicated that she would learn and adapt quickly. Her degree, even though from a top university, didn’t really matter. My wife does the same type of work now here in the USA and makes a solid 6 figured salary. She tells me she could have skipped college all together and still do the job she does. The job requires brains, discipline, and creativity but nothing beyond the knowledge she obtained in primary school.

    However, thanks to Griggs vs. Duke Power and “anti-discrimination” legislation signed into law by Bush W., IQ and aptitude tests are for the most part, banned! Disparate impact… should one ethnic group do better or worse on test than others, the testing is automatically “discriminatory”. A company risks legal hot water to administer such tests. With testing no longer available to screen candidates, the college degree became the new method of screening. So now, everyone must get a college degree.

    If by some miracle, toxic rulings and legislation such as Griggs is overturned and eliminated, the college racket will collapse. It will again become legal for some local engineering outfit to find a smart kid out of high school and bring him on as an apprentice. A practice that was common until Griggs.

    • alfin2101 says:

      Fascinating. To think that a simple IQ test might be one of the most disruptive technologies available for dealing with the dysgenic Idiocracy! Devise a covert IQ test that can be used legally to sift through applicants, and strike a blow for freedom.

      Many other examples of “willful blindness” imposed by bureaucratic rules can be found, that handicap business and enterprise. Most businesses are beaten to a pulp if they openly defy these rules, so it is best to be covert.

      Sometimes locating in a different region will help, since levels of enforcement can vary depending upon where the business locates.

      In the short run, it is easier to submit to the Idiocracy. In the long run, creative ways to disrupt it will provide more time to create alternatives.

      • Hell_Is_Like_Newark says:

        My wife used a verbal IQ test of sorts when interviewing job applicants. She was getting frustrated as she kept getting new employees with good credentials, but little in the way of deductive reasoning, creativity, logic, etc. Basically she was getting stuck with people qualified for glorified data entry jobs when she needed someone who could think!

        I read that companies like Google and Apple were giving verbal tests during the interviews. An applicant would be asked something like, “How much would you charge to clean all the windows on every high rise in Manhattan”. The answer itself wasn’t important, but the the thought process to get an answer was. I turned over the article to the wife who then made up her own ‘thought process’ type questions.

        It worked.. she started getting better performing hires. The questioning weeded out the ones who couldn’t (or wouldn’t) think.

        IMHO, we are becoming an over credentialed society. My field is really bad in this regards. If you are willing to spend money and take a test, you can have an alphabet soup of letters after your name that indicates some sort of accreditation.

        Frankly, I think the only people who win with this are the people collecting the accreditation fees. To me the alphabet soup tells me you spend money, are patient enough to sit through endless classes, and take willing to take a lot of tests. It really doesn’t tell me what you are capable of.

        • Hell_Is_Like_Newark says:

          Arrrg! I wish I could edit posts. “and willing to take a lot of tests”

      • Abelard Lindsey says:

        A company in the U.S. can legally test applicants for a job providing the test subject matter relates to the job (e.g. a test for a programming job can have sample programming questions on it). Microsoft and Apple were well-known for devising tests that could test the mental agility of an application during the 90’s because their tests were related to programming.

        IQ tests are illegal because they are generalized tests that do not directly relate to the work being performed in the job in question.

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