Class Warfare Blog

January 19, 2018

Bollocks, A Steaming Load In Fact

Filed under: Economics,Education — Steve Ruis @ 1:06 pm
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Maryville University, of St. Louis, Missouri, USA, has been running a television commercial touting its services. Up front they say “Maryville University has been disrupting Higher Education by putting students first.” Whoa, this must be some place.

I wonder when this began. Maybe it was in 1921 when it converted from a secondary school to a junior college. Or maybe in 1923 when it became a four year college. Huh, two years of experience as a college of only freshmen and sophomores and they learned how to serve juniors and seniors as well. Now, that’s creative disruption.

But then maybe it was in 1961 when it became a liberal arts college, or 1968 when it became co-ed. No, it was 1991 when it became a university, surely that’s when it began.

This university could not have a more mundane history, jumping through hoops, moving up the academic hierarchy, playing by all of the rules.

The commercial says that “the higher education system is broken.” Really? Maybe it is due to all of that creative disruption on Maryville’s part.

I have been a vocal critic of higher education for at least the last 50 years, but the system is far from broken. Most of the countries around the world would die to have such a system in their country (China foremost on the list). But, costs to students have been spiraling out of control for quite some time and I do not see anything, including market forces, doing anything to curb these. Maryville is a private university that has tuition, I am sure. Let’s see … “Tuition for Maryville University of Saint Louis is $25,558 for the 2015/2016 academic year. This is 5% cheaper than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $26,851. The cost is 57% more expensive than the average Missouri tuition of $16,299 for 4 year colleges (my emphases).” Gee, I wonder if this is what they mean by “putting students first?”

Really, what does “putting students first” mean? First in line at the cafeteria? Certainly first in line at the Bursar’s Office to pay their tuition (57% higher than the average Missouri tuition).

And the whole idea of “creative disruption” was bogus from the get go. No such phenomenon seems to exist except in the minds of business consultants.

So, this TV advert is just another load of bollocks to get people to pony up four times $25,558 (that’s $102,232 … if you can finish in four years (most cannot)) for a four-year education. We can only hope it was written by an intern in one of their communications programs.

Listen, I was either a student or a professor in colleges from 1964-2006, that’s … 42 years … yeah, that’s right, and I never even heard of a college or university that didn’t believe that their primary mission was to serve … society … by serving students. Students do not come first, but they were and are the focus of everything done. Students do not set the standards, they do not determine the curriculum, they certainly don’t determine times, dates, places, costs, etc.

But they are the main focus of everything done.

Please do not misunderstand me. I had colleagues more interested in their careers than their students. They do exist! (They are … out there!) But they are not the norm, nowhere near it. Most teachers are good hearted people who want to do a better job than they did before. The staff and administrators were very much the same. The Boards of Trustees were focussed on students, too, even though they were about as removed from the process as you can be and still be a part of it.

But students are the main focus of everything done … everywhere in U.S. Higher Ed.

Well, except when it comes to big-time college athletics … allow me to … <grumble, grumble, grumble …>

 

10 Comments »

  1. Good grief your system is expensive. Even with HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme, introduced in 1991, before which all universties in Oz were free) a complete Law degree, for example, costs less than one year at this Maryville Uni… and you can pay it off as 1% of your salaray after you pass a certain threshold.

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    Comment by john zande — January 19, 2018 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

    • The private side was always more expensive as the “government” offset none of the cost. Our current escalation has been due to the public universities have been getting less and less support from the government (You can thank the Republicans and corporate Dems.) which has allowed the “privates” to charge more and more and more as they are not all that more expensive than the “publics.” The fucking Republicans made sure that students could not discharge student loans in bankruptcy because their sponsors needed more docile debt slaves as their employees, people who could not afford to rock the boat as they have so much student debt.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — January 19, 2018 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

      • Meanwhile, in the rest of the world…

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        Comment by john zande — January 19, 2018 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

        • Actually, in the U.S. the rest of the world has disappeared. We are obsessed with a guy who told us who exactly he was and then we elected him president and now we keep asking “Who is this guy?”and he hasn’t changed. We are so fucked.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — January 19, 2018 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

          • Just win in Nov., please. Then keep the idiot in a cage until 2020…. Unless Meuller has him in jail before then.

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            Comment by john zande — January 20, 2018 @ 8:16 am | Reply

            • The other optimistic scenario is the Republicans do so much damage to the country, that they are so discredited that they fold their tents and are replaced. People are so offended that they become activist, correct the damage done and settle into some new reality. Right now any reality would be welcome.

              Me, I would mind seeing both parties go as being politically bankrupt and corrupt.

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  2. So, if that commercial is bullshit, does this mean if I buy a case of Corona, I won’t be treated to bikini clad hot babes on the beach?

    If a college is putting students first, does this mean they can begin classes before the tuition is paid?

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    Comment by shelldigger — January 20, 2018 @ 5:38 am | Reply

  3. I don’t think I’ve EVER seen ANY college/university advertisement that sat well with me. All of them, especially the TV spots during sporting events, are horrible representations of what college life is really like, or what it’s for. And, in my experience, many universities put their coaches and athletes “first”, and everything else is secondary to that.

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    Comment by Anderson Connors — January 24, 2018 @ 2:51 pm | Reply


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