Yesterday I posted the news that 7 million people hadn’t made a single payment on their student loan in the past year. The main reason, of course, is purely financial — they can’t swing it. But there’s also a value-for-money angle. Would you take out a loan for this?
Tuition fees at Washington State University run about $12,000 a year for state residents, and $25,000 a year for non-residents. Add about $10,000 a year (according to the university’s own tuition guidance tables) for accommodation and food. All in, let’s say an undergrad degree would run to $100,000 for state residents and $150,000 for non-residents.
And in return, you get programs and professors like these. How much longer do the universities think they’ll be able to charge such fees to deliver such a product?
UPDATE: The university is backing off. It announced that it will be “working with” the professors in question, to “modify” their policies so that students are not penalized for exercising their freedom of speech rights. Now it’s on to North Carolina State, where lecturer Nancy Bishop says she’ll lower the grades of students who use “sexist language” in her online Women and Poverty course. Her syllabus says “generalized pronouns and other biased references are no longer acceptable in any class.” Specifically, “You may NOT (sic) use ‘he’ or ‘him’ or ‘man’ to refer to both men and women.” Students should replace ‘mankind’ with ‘humans’ or ‘humankind,’ and should write ‘she or he’ instead of just ‘he.’
Keep those checks coming…