Monday, May 11, 2015
End of year?
Well another year has come and gone. It was eventful in many ways and accomplished nothing in many others. We have a new president and a new contract. The former we hope will be helpful and the latter is good. I do have an issue that looms on the horizon. And, it is rather important. The State of Ohio is going to start reimbursing universities based on graduation rates. Once again people who know nothing about education are looking for a silver bullet to try to solve societal issues. I am sure there must be an old mimeograph machine somewhere on campus so we can start printing diplomas immediately. There will be enormous pressure placed on faculty to pass students who have no business passing. This is a university education to which we are supposedly subjecting these students. While it may supply the state with a few more graduates, it will not make for a more intelligent workforce. Employers will figure this out. Students will come to understand two things: first they will get a pass on many general education classes; and two, their diplomas for which they have spent significant amounts of money will be worthless.