“The system has failed you”


Apropos of the UCF cheating scandal, Stephen Ransom tweeted this morning:

Here’s the video he linked:

Once you get over seeing Uncle Phil as the Kaplan University proponent here, take a moment to think about this.

  • Does the video have a point? Is it time for a new system?
  • Is “the system” flawed in the ways or to the extent stated in the commercial?
  • Is the problem with “the system” its being steeped in tradition? Is the problem the oldness of the ideas?
  • Is Kaplan University, and other institutions like it, the answer?
  • Which would you rather attend: the University of Central Florida, or Kaplan? (Yes, that’s a loaded question.)
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3 responses to ““The system has failed you”

  1. An article in the NY Times “Education” section on 11/7/2010 lists Kaplan’s tota enrollment at 138,000 and its graduation rate at 44%. While better than University of Phoenix’s abyssmal 9% graduation rate, it’s lower than any of the nonprofit schools listed, public or private, about 75 altogether from all over the U.S. The Kaplans and other for-profit “schools” are in it for the money, not the education, and have no credibility as proponents of educational reform–unless we accept that educational reform should be maximizing revenue regardless of the results.

  2. chris

    To answer your question, I don’t think that online universities are the answer. I think we should double down on our core educational values and create incentive systems to prepare and reward outstanding instructors within our current universities. The university system has a huge advantage in that you get face to face, direct contact…

  3. I strongly believe that students _have_ to adapt to university to some extent. They are supposed to thing scientific when graduated and you do not learn that elsewhere.

    Most deficiencies I have observed at universities can be explained with lack of money and the fact that university teachers are not selected by their teaching skills/motivation.

    Susan, in my opinion we would make a very big mistake if we measured universities’ quality by drop-out ratios since this figure is easy to maximize by reducing niveau.