MinRVA 
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Re: “The College Lie

It's the accredidation insititutions like SAACS that set the standards for the ciricullum and all those required gen ed courses. If the college or university doesn't, in some way, make the students take such courses, the students will not graduate and the colleges will lose accredication and all their federal and state money, as well as the ablity to run graduate programs. Students end up losing their credits when they try to transfer from unaccredited colleges and/or they are denied admission entirely. I realize there must be some standards for the colleges but our colleges still are run much like they were run a century ago. Standards and programs should be updated to reflect modern realities.
Don't get me going on that. Because of my skill level, I was exempted from English at the much better private program I attended but when I attended the community college to update my computer skills, I was forced to take English 101 and 102 because it is required of all AA seeking students. Nevermind that at the private college, I was only six credits shy of my BA and was a PBK with an overall 4.0 average. I wanted to take Spanish as my elective but the program forced me to take "Sociology of the Family" instead. Had I been in a Social Work or Psychology or even an Education program that might have made some sense as elective. But in a computer related course load? Why? If you have ever worked at a college, you know what a red-tape bound racket some of them can be. Textbooks are a good example of the racket. Noone learns the bulk of their knowledge from those exhorbitantly priced boring things. Textbook sales people come into the college offices, much like big pharma sales people go into doctors' offices. They dispense freebies, sponsor seminars, etc., all to push their latest and greatest text, which with the exception of some technical texts, include almost identical material from year to year. The books could be updated with a cheaper addendum section or an online update but they usually don't do that. They want to make you buy the whole book.

Posted by MinRVA on 03/22/2013 at 12:57 PM

Re: “The College Lie

I was also miserable taking gen ed classes. Part of the problem is the SSACS standards that force all students in any ciricullum and at any level of study to take such classes. Another part of the problem is the lowering of admission standards so that almost anybody and their doggoned dog can get into most public colleges. That lowering of admission standards forces all students to take the gen ed classes, when in fact, probably only the less prepared students actually need them.
But VCU could drop some of its emphasis on its becoming a megalopolis university by constant building of new buildings and takeover of half of Richmond and put some of that money back into actual education. VCU could also lower the salary of its vastly overpaid head basketball coach, Shaka Smart. I've nothing against the basketball team or Coach Smart, per se. But should a coach of a public university that keeps its students stuck in a 5-10 graduation scenario be paying that coach in the millions of dollars? That is especially ludicrous in a down economyy where student loan debt in rising and grant money is harder and harder to get.

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Posted by MinRVA on 03/21/2013 at 1:32 PM

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