Sunday, December 2, 2018

Higher Ed Chart Of The Day

     As I recover from a 40 hour week of chemo, I’ll take the lazy route and just look at a picture, explaining how every single one of the bars is somewhat mis-representative, and how they all represent failure, often on an obvious level.

      The first bar, full time faculty, requires the second bar to think there might be a problem—faculty have not increased relative to students. One might think the failure to increase might not be so bad (particularly with that last bar so high), but there’s deception here.

      Admin have taken to awarding themselves faculty positions, even when they clearly do not teach or do research. The most outstanding example of this would be the president of Penn State, who received a 600k a year tenured faculty position as part of overseeing the Sandusky affair, but many colleges classify all the library staff as faculty, and even some fiefdoms, even if, at best, all they ever do is run a few workshops, still grant faculty status to all the royalty there. In terms of teaching, the number of actual “full time faculty” in the sense most people outside the industry think of them, has dropped off, particularly in relation to students.

      This is a dated chart, but as of 2011 enrollments were likely up 91% (probably down from that in 2018). This huge push to slam everyone into college has been most detrimental. College really was intended for people that could handle serious work, and the only way to accommodate the extra students was to lower standards, to the point that college graduate IQ is in free fall today. That 91% increase is a testament to the massive failure of our “leaders” in higher ed to restrain their greed. Despite the dated-ness here, keep in mind the loans of students in this chart are mostly still unpaid.

      Full time administrative numbers are up, way up, far past faculty and even students. The whole point of good administration is to do so effectively and at low cost. That one bar demonstrates clearly how badly our leaders have failed, all the more so since they’ve done nothing for the students any more than they’ve done for higher ed.

      The fourth bar reinforces the point. In every other industry, there’s an economy of scale…all those extra students should have brought the cost per student, i.e., the tuition, down, and yet tuition nearly tripled. Yet another demonstration of the tremendous failure of our leaders in higher ed.

       And now the fifth bar, which reveals the reality of education. While “real” faculty numbers have dropped in a way that’s difficult to measure, the soaring numbers of part-time faculty, generally paid so little they qualify for welfare and get no benefits, reveal that most courses are now taught by these minimum wage (at best) workers in higher ed. The people at the top of higher ed are making fortunes, but the actual teachers make nothing, being at the bottom of a Ponzi scheme.

     But it’s even worse than that. Our kids are being shoveled into higher ed with the premise that “education” means “money,” but they’re being taught by the most educated members of our society…who are getting no money.

      I assure the gentle reader, though this chart is from 2011, very little is different today, except possibly tuition being much higher. All this failure has been purchased at great expense via the student loan scam. Just shut it down already.

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