College Presidents: Americans Wrong; Only Care About Jobs!

Hmmm…..

It appears Americans don’t know what college is for.

At least that’s what a majority of college presidents believe, according to a recent Gallup survey analyzed by Forbes contributor, Ames Brown.* Brown said that American Council on Education’s Terry W. Hartle, a senior vice president for government and public affairs, was quoted as saying ‘College presidents tend to view the purpose of a higher education as trying to help individuals “become educated citizens, be exposed to new points of view, to become lifelong learners. The public, often all they care about is jobs.”

What?! We only care about jobs!? Holy Shit! What a concept!

Of course we’re worried that the college we choose prepares us for a real-world career! All the high-paying, sitting-around-thinking-all-day jobs (a.k.a., college presidents) are locked up! How else are we going to pay college tuition that, Brown says, has “more than tripled in the last four decades, and 40% of student borrowers are not earning enough to make any payment on their loans.”

Actually, it’s kind of ironic that college leaders seem focused on producing educated “thinkers” rather than vocationally ready citizens. The iconic statue of “The Thinker” was originally Rodin’s guard for The Gates of Hell (maybe Rodin got a glimpse of modern higher education). According to a website dedicated to the artist, “The Thinker was entitled The Poet. He represented Dante, author of the Divine Comedy which had inspired The Gates, leaning forward to observe the circles of Hell, while meditating on his work. The Thinker was therefore initially both a being with a tortured body, almost a damned soul, and a free-thinking man, determined to transcend his suffering through poetry.”

I don’t know any college graduates who, after successfully traversing the gates of what may not originally have seemed like Hell, are transcending the suffering of their student loans through poetry.

Giving blood on a monthly basis…well, that’s a different story.

 

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PAONE’s NOTE: I’ll be reading more by this guy! 

Ames Brown’s Bio — I am a career empirical and theoretical economist with eight years on Wall Street preceded by two master’s degrees and two years of doctoral studies, the latter at Harvard and MIT. My research focuses on ways to reduce the immense cost of college and all post-secondary education, while protecting and improving its important benefits to students, faculty and administrators. My research is primarily distinguished by its emphasis on using actual data, and my writing focuses on specific policy reforms directed at expanding educational opportunities for those who have difficulty affording them while reducing taxpayers’ burdens. I am managing member of Capital Counsel Management LLC, an investment manager in New York, and executive vice president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity in Austin. I also am on the board of Energy Fuels, Inc., a publicly-traded American producer of nuclear fuel.

 

 

 

 

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