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  funny video to celebrate degreeinfo
Posted by: ham - 11-13-2016, 05:10 AM - Forum: Chip White - Replies (3)

Hell... I logged in on BOYFUNK (I have a five year platinum membership that costed me nothing thanks to Chip) and here comes this stuff in a pop-up...
I am in deep shock...
Not only Trump won...now this...

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  President Trump Needs to Break the Back of the Education Cartel
Posted by: Dr Winston O'Boogie - 11-08-2016, 02:17 PM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - Replies (17)

Quote:A President Trump Needs to Break the Back of the Education Cartel
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Bruce Bialosky
Posted: Nov 07, 2016 12:01 AM

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The teachers and professors of America have gone from an underpaid lot to one of the most powerful lobbying forces in America.  They have a stranglehold on our educational system from kindergarten through post-graduate degrees creating the Education Cartel.  Of the many important challenges a President Trump would face -- ISIS, rebuilding our economy and our healthcare system -- none is more important than taking back control of our education system from these elitists and reorganizing it to serve the customers (students) and their parents.

The National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are a major element of the Democratic Party and key supporters of Ms. Clinton.  The NEA endorsed her in October of 2015.  In the past two presidential elections they averaged $24 million in expenditures, and that does not include the in-kind contributions of turning their offices into Clinton campaign headquarters.  The AFT has an entire section on their website for Clinton.

The reason these organizations are so supportive of Clinton is she will maintain the status quo.  That is that the estimated four million members of these two organizations are more important than the customers they serve.  Their unions collect forced dues and spend that to elect city council members, school board members, state legislators and members of Congress to protect inflated compensation and benefits.  Yes, it is a myth that teachers are underpaid compared to other professions.  

The policies put in place have lowered the education results of American students to depressing levels.  You have all seen the international surveys. The school systems in major cities would be considered racist if not run by Democrats.  Their focus is serving the adults instead of the students, destroying the futures of millions of young Americans.  

Take for example that 75% of Germany’s population has taken part in their vocational training system.  Canada rewards students at the high school level for their results in vocational training.  America has a non-existent vocational system that leaves the 75% of Americans without bachelor degrees no path to a fruitful career.  There is zero emphasis on changing this because it is not a priority of the Education Cartel.

The Education Cartel has a stranglehold on the schools of America.  This forces parents to either relocate, send their children to religious schools of faiths they don’t observe to obtain an education, or pray they win a lottery for a charter school that the Education Cartel fights with the force of the Allied forces against the Nazis.  

The Education Cartel does not stop when students graduate from high school (if they do graduate).  The upper division of the Cartel kicks in once a student decides to further his or her education attempting to obtain a college degree which for many will provide an expensive certificate on the path to bankruptcy.  

A college education is fast becoming the opposite of the road to a better future.  The reason is the immense cost of college education that has caused recent students to rack up over $1 trillion of debt.  

That would make sense if the students graduated with worthy degrees instead of many times students getting degrees aimed at becoming a bartender.  This is why our tech companies fight each year to obtain H-1B visas to bring in foreigners to fill jobs.  This is why our politicians fight to attach permanent work visas to foreign students graduating with STEM degrees.  Where are the Americans?  

When my son was starting college, we looked at him getting a degree in Sports Administration.   He had a position working for the athletic director at the University of Kansas. That is when we found out there were 195 college programs offering degrees in this major.  The athletic director   suggested my son get a business degree if he wanted to work for him.  That is when I came to the conclusion that closest the vast majority of students graduating with degrees in this major will come to sports administration is working at a Foot Locker.  These students are being deceived and robbed of their futures.  

But the college division of the Education Cartel doesn’t feel it is enough that they drive the college students of America into debt while they try to earn largely useless degrees.  The Cartel has to crush the for-profit college competition.  

Recently the Obama Administration destroyed ITT which had 130 campuses in 38 states serving 40,000 students.  Schools like ITT don’t serve high school valedictorians, but they do serve many students seeking a future career.  Some students just don’t make it.  These schools are not Cal Tech.  

ITT was forced out of business despite performing better than the community colleges in the areas they served -- many with graduation rates 25% higher.  Community colleges serve a fine purpose and I personally am a proud graduate of one, but ITT was out performing them and better at preparing locals students for their future.

And why was this done?  Just like the Education Cartel does not want charter schools, they want to destroy the for-profit colleges.  They want no competition so they can continue their underperforming monopoly while they line their own pockets and increase the flow of money to themselves unabated and unquestioned.  

Trump has stated he will “provide school choice to every disadvantaged student in America.”  That is a beginning.  The amazing thing is that the people who defend the current system call him a racist while they defend the system they created.  He will have the power to influence the current K-12 system as the federal government provides $50 billion.  Maybe he can focus them on educating students instead of discussing lavatories.  

He has spoken about the soaring cost of colleges.  Previously this columnist wrote about a U.S. Senate hearing that addressed costs at for-profit colleges.  Maybe there will now be serious hearings about the 500% increase of “non-profit” college costs since 1985.  After all, President Obama has been writing off college loans, in effect, underwriting these “non-profit” institutions where the staff works light schedules and presidents make $2 million.  

Ms. Clinton has made clear she is beholden to the Education Cartel and will do little to change things as she basks in their adoration.  Trump is our hope for a change of path from that which wastes billions and more importantly destroys the future of millions of American children.

It is time the Education Cartel is brought to its knees.

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  How to Make Higher Education Affordable
Posted by: Harrison J Bounel - 11-08-2016, 08:51 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (2)

Quote:How to Make Higher Education Affordable
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17 hours ago Jason Morgan

Assuming state legislatures find the political will to defund courses on pornography, and the Congress ends the student-loan crony capitalism bonanza, what would a world of privatized universities look like? It could look very good, it turns out.

First of all, without subsidization, very few students are likely to pay out of their own pockets for useless degrees. Without a guaranteed flow of subsidies, the vast majority of non-STEM departments will, finally, close down. The universities—which have become a kind of large-scale government welfare program employing scholars who receive taxpayer funds to write articles about HBO and “audience studies” — would either go into receivership or else break up into smaller units, with the profitable ones (most likely engineering and the like) remaining in business. The hopeless ones (English, anthropology, all of the various “studies”) will finally give up the ghost.

Prices Will Fall to Meet Demand

This will be a good thing for college students and their parents. Without the artificial demand generated through taxpayer-funded subsidies, universities will be forced to lower their tuition prices to meet what students and their families are able and willing to pay. This new reality will force higher education institutions to adapt to the needs of students. Universities will become more inclined to allow for students to choose the courses they most want to take, without having to pad their studies with subjects extraneous to their chosen careers.

The accrediting agencies won’t like this, but ideally, the accrediting agencies will go out of business. In a world where accredited universities offer courses on pop music and television shows, the function of ensuring employers that students at institutions of higher learning are receiving a rigorous education has apparently slipped from the accrediting agencies’ grasp.

To make higher education work better for both employers and students, however, it will be necessary to first overturn any court case which makes it difficult for employers to test applicants in the skills needed for a particular industry.

Matching Up Students With Employers

As it is, most students now are in four- or two-year colleges simply for the sake of gaining entry into white-collar work. The disconnect between what students actually study and what they eventually end up doing has been a stock joke of American life for decades now.

Colleges today function as a non-specific government-subsidized screening method for many employers. But, to make the process far less expensive for both students and taxpayers, employers need only screen applicants as rigorously as they like through private testing and on-the-job experience.

Indeed, four or more years of sleeping through early-morning Spanish classes is less indicative of success in an office than is actually working in an office for that same amount of time. Those who fail employment tests could take exactly the courses they need to pass, and could skip the expense and the wasted time of slogging through Ottoman history in order to be deemed qualified to work on an oil rig.

Freeing Up Resources for Better Research

Many will object that this is anti-intellectual, but the contrary is true. There are serious scholars remaining in American academia today, but their work is hamstrung by administrative duties, endless faculty meetings, and increasingly, the looming threat of Title IX law suits hanging like swords of Damocles over their heads.

The solution is a system of private entrepreneurship. After all, private wealthy donors already give millions of dollars annually to university endowments. There is no reason — other than government regulations — why donors could not give the money directly to the professors, instead. If tax monies must be used for anything, let it be to stock and maintain libraries. For everything else, let the professors — the ones who know more about their subjects than anyone else — do whatever donors will allow them to do. If this includes giving lectures, that is all the better. Professors with a nice sinecure from a wealthy magnate would, in many cases, be able to give lectures for free. (This includes professors hired to do STEM research in a corporate setting. Free lectures by top researchers would be a perfect marketing tool to enhance a corporate brand.) And, if a professor’s honorarium were too high, then students would simply choose not to attend, or else find a similar version online or in person.

Far from being anti-intellectual, this model would free researchers to engage in pure intellectual discovery, undisturbed by the swarms of degree-seekers who are literally forced to take classes in subjects they despise merely for the sake of preserving the fiction that everyone benefits equally from attendance at a university. Relieved of the drudgery that ensues when the masses are made to endure education against their will, professors would be able to think, write, and say whatever their funders are willing to tolerate.

Releasing hordes of uninterested undergraduates to do something besides nap in calculus lectures all day would hardly be a fatal blow to calculus itself. The study of Jane Austen, algorithms, and asteroids would flourish without having to justify those subjects to bored, indebted, surly teenagers.

All of this will free up monies for students who do choose to spend a few years in serious study to enjoy all of the current perks of college life — and many more — at a fraction of the cost. If, for example, a student were able to take lectures for $3,000 a year instead of $30,000, then he or she could easily work part time, and pay his or her tuition. Professors could issue certificates of attendance at their lectures, or could give tests if they chose to and grade students however they pleased.

As things now stand, students, their parents, and the taxpayers of each state are being bilked out of billions of dollars a year. Administrators grow rich, universities run real professors out of their jobs in order to save money by hiring adjuncts, and students shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars each that could be kept in their pockets or else put toward learning what they want to learn. There are few outside of academia itself — and the financial sector that funds students loans — who benefit from our whirlpooling student debt. It is long past time to let the free market back into our universities and, finally, put their houses in order.

Jason Morgan is a 2016 Mises Institute Fellow and is studying history at the University of Wisconsin.

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  George Gollin's Wishlist: Wallet, Wallet, Wallet
Posted by: Winston Smith - 10-10-2016, 10:36 AM - Forum: George Gollin - Replies (27)

What does unethical George Gollin wish for on Amazon?  A wallet, and a wallet, and another wallet!  He's got so much money he can't keep it all in just one wallet.  After pissing away half a million dollars on his laughably unsuccessful congressional campaign, he still needs three more wallets just to carry all his filthy lucre. 


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Has Unethical George Gollin finally figured it out?  Not likely.

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  RA Clinton Scam Walden 'Under Review'
Posted by: Harrison J Bounel - 10-07-2016, 10:16 AM - Forum: Unaccredited vs. State-Approved vs. Accredited - Replies (4)

Too much of a joke even for lefty libtard Minnesota, even if under the radar at the "gold standard" regional accreditor.

Quote:Oct 6 2016, 5:18 pm ET
For-Profit Walden U., Once Tied to Bill Clinton, Put Under Review
by Anna R. Schecter

Minnesota education officials have launched a review of online PhD programs at a for-profit college with ties to former President Bill Clinton.

"We have seen an increased number of complaints related to dissertations at Walden University," Sandy Connolly of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education told NBC News.

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Inside Bill Clinton's Lucrative Work With For-Profit Education Company 3:54

The review follows an NBC News report on Minneapolis-based Walden, including interviews with some students who felt victimized by its practices and were saddled with large student loans.

Related: Hillary Blasts For-Profit College, but Bill Took Millions from One

Walden is the U.S. flagship of Laureate Education, which paid "honorary chancellor" Bill Clinton $17.6 million over five years before he stepped down in 2015 just ahead of wife Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign run.

Elizabeth Talbot, manager of Institutional Legislation and Licensing at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, said the agency is conducting "a qualitative and a quantitative analysis" of student complaints and comparing it to Walden's marketing materials.

"I want to make sure the proof is in the pudding that their marketing claims match with student outcome," Talbot said.

"Is it a policy issue, a culture issue or is it something more nefarious? And we don't know until we complete the program review."

She said that after the NBC News report in August, there was an increase in the number of individuals contacting her office and the state Attorney General's office about Walden.

Some of the Walden students interviewed by NBC claimed they were misled about how long it would take to get a dissertation approved and earn a doctorate and ended up with more debt than they anticipated.

Minnesota officials did not provide any details of the complaints it received, but Connolly said that based on the "number of nature" of them, "we are conducting a full program review of all online doctorate programs."

Dr. Kevin Kinser, head of Penn State's Department of Education and Policy Studies, said Minnesota's action is not surprising.

"What we've seen is state-level oversight, particularly of online, for-profit higher education, has become more robust — even more robust than the federal government, and certainly more than the accrediting agencies," Kinser said.

A spokesperson for Walden declined to comment.

While Bill Clinton has earned $22 million from for-profit education institutions — $17.6 of that from Laureate — his wife has been a vocal critic of for-profit schools, including her opponent's Trump University.

"Hillary Clinton has made it clear that all for-profit institutions should be held to the same standards and she will crack down on law-breaking for-profits by expanding support for federal regulators to enforce laws against deceptive marketing, fraud, and other illegal practices," a spokesman said in August.

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  Sanford Sex Assult Perpetrator to lecture on alcohol abuse
Posted by: The Bison - 09-13-2016, 02:56 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (2)


Cenk Uygur is right here. This guy needs to go underground and keep a low profile. The dude need therapy or something. AND he is running around lecturing kids on drinking?


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  Hillary Clinton Embraces Sanders' Tuition Reimbersement Plan
Posted by: The Bison - 09-13-2016, 02:46 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - No Replies


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Sad ITT Closes its door
Posted by: The Bison - 09-07-2016, 02:08 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (4)



Financial concerns are cited for the reason why. I feel a great deal of sadness to hear that this school which provided education to thousands is now out of business for good.

Particularly I am concerned about the students who are being left high and dry.

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  The Stanford Experiment
Posted by: The Bison - 09-02-2016, 02:58 PM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (1)

I do not know what to make of this but I saw a movie on this experiment. A bunch of students were recruited... some became guards and some became inmates. What was learned from this? For one thing, when you give people uniforms and authority over others they tend to act like assholes...

The Sandford Experiment

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  Rise of Online Degrees at Top Universities
Posted by: Herbert Spencer - 08-20-2016, 06:19 AM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - No Replies

The future is now!  No need to settle for clown colleges like Northcentral or Walden when you can go online at big name universities.

Quote:The Rise of the Online Degree at America's Top Universities
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This post is adapted from the Center for Online Education, a Priceonomics Data Studio customer. Does your company have interesting data? Become a Priceonomics customer.


Like meeting your spouse on the Internet, earning a degree online went from unthinkable to mainstream in a few short decades. 

Despite their well-documented scandals, we have for-profit universities to thank for popularizing online learning. They pioneered online degree options, and while enrollment in online degree programs at for-profit universities has dipped, overall online enrollments are up thanks to their growth at public and nonprofit universities. 

We wanted to understand the emergence of online options at universities with long histories of on-campus instruction. So, using data from Priceonomics customer, the Center for Online Education, and the U.S. government's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we looked at recent changes in the availability of online degrees at nonprofit 4-year colleges and universities. 

We found that the number of four-year schools with online degree programs rose significantly. Among top-ranked schools, nearly 75% offer online degrees, and about half are increasing their online degree offerings. The fastest adopters of online learning include both public and private colleges and universities, including some academic heavyweights like Harvard and Johns Hopkins. 

Online degrees are most commonly offered in fields like business and health, which have long been popular among distance learners. But they are increasingly common for other fields like education and engineering.

The craze over Massive Open Online Courses, which led some enthusiasts to prophesize the decline of traditional universities, has died down. But our analysis suggests that traditional universities are steadily embracing online courses.


We began our analysis by examining how many schools offer at least one online degree program. We only looked at nonprofit colleges and universities in the U.S. that primarily award bachelor's degrees -- a set of 1,844 institutions in total. We focused on the time period between 2012, when the government began to collect comprehensive data on online education, and 2014, the most recent year for which a complete dataset is available.

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Of these 1,844 schools, 46% had at least one online degree program in 2012. That figure jumped to nearly 60% in 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, online course enrollment increased nearly 4%, which suggests that schools are adding programs to meet student demand for distance learning options.

We also wanted know which schools offer the most online degrees, and which are adding degrees the fastest. We were specifically interested in top schools with long histories of high-quality, on-campus instruction. Are they embracing online learning, or sticking with tradition?

We gathered data on the number of distance education programs at the top 100 universities as determined by U.S. News & World Report, and ranked the schools by the number of online courses they offered in 2014.

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This ranking show that distance learners don't have to compromise quality: of the 100 top schools, nearly 75% offered at least one online degree program in 2014. Together, they offer 1037 online courses.

Just over half of the 20 schools with the most online degree programs are public universities -- online education is well-suited to help state schools carry out their mission of increasing access to education. 

But online education isn't only for public institutions, as 9 of the top 20 schools on this list are private universities. Three of them -- Harvard, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins -- rank among U.S. News & World Report's top 20 universities, indicating that learners can now earn online degrees from among the most prestigious schools in the world.

We were also interested in identifying which schools are growing their online degree programs. To do this, we ranked the same set of 100 top schools according to how online degree availability changed between 2012 and 2014.

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Our analysis shows that just under half of the top 100 universities are growing their online degree offerings. The program at North Carolina State University at Raleigh grew fastest, adding 34 distinct courses of study in just two years. At the other end of the spectrum, 14 schools offered fewer online courses of study in 2014 than they had in 2012. While this may indicate a shifting of priorities away from online education, it doesn't mean these schools aren't involved: Northeastern University, which has cut the most programs according to the IPEDS dataset, still offered 60+ online degrees as of 2016.

Online education is growing even faster at large universities. We were able to obtain data for 93 of the 100 largest schools by undergraduate enrollment, and we found that 83 of the 93 had at least one online degree program, and that the majority grew their online course offerings. This is not surprising, given that many of the largest schools are large precisely because they've committed to online education.
Liberty University, for example, has more than 110,000 students across all its degree programs, 95,000 of whom are online learners.

At the top 100 liberal arts colleges, however, only four -- St. John's University, the University of Richmond, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Willamette University -- offered any online courses of study in 2014. This is likely owing to the liberal arts emphasis on providing intimate learning experiences.


Online education is increasingly common, but is it limited to specific courses of study like business administration?

To find out, we pooled the U.S. News & World Report top 100 universities and top 100 liberal arts colleges, as well as the largest 100 universities, generating a list of 263 schools. (There is some overlap between the rankings.) We then tallied the number of courses of study they offered in each of 38 subject categories used by IPEDS. 

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Business has long been the most popular major subject for online learners, but our data show that, among major universities, education trumps business with respect to program availability. Of the 263 schools we considered, 75, or just over a quarter, offered online courses of study in education in 2014. This is a category that includes training programs required for teacher certification, as well as education administration programs. 

The second and third positions go to health professions, which include nursing and healthcare administration, and business. Both are distance learning staples. Engineering and computer and information sciences round out the top 5. The availability of online courses of study in these fields is good news for distance learners: these specializations dominate the list of best-paying college majors.

We also wanted predict which fields may account for a larger share of the online degree market in the future, so we examined trends in program growth between 2012 and 2014. We again focused on our sample of 263 large and/or highly ranked schools.

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Online degree offerings increased in 32 out of 38 categories, which suggests that the range of specialization options for online learners is expanding. There was a net decrease in online degree availability in only two fields: philosophy and religious studies, and mechanic and repair technologies.

The top five fields for growth are identical to the top five for program availability: education stands at the top of the list, followed by health professions, business, engineering, and computer and information sciences. This suggests that the breakdown of online degree programs by discipline is unlikely to change substantially in the foreseeable future. 

That said, fields that have long been inaccessible to distance learners saw modest growth. Specializations like visual and performing arts are increasingly available to online students thanks to technological advances that permit a high degree of interaction. As such advances accumulate, these programs may come to account for a larger proportion of online degree programs.


So, in an age when more than a quarter of higher education students take at least one online course, are established universities adapting?

Our analysis suggests that many large and prestigious universities are embracing online degrees. Well over half of all nonprofit, four-year colleges and universities offer at least one online course of study. While liberal arts schools remain an exception, elite schools like Harvard and Johns Hopkins are expanding their online degree offerings. 

The range of disciplines online students can study is broadening too. Colleges offer online degrees in fields that have long been served by distance study, like business and health professions, but also in specialities like biological sciences and visual and performing arts -- subjects that once seemed impossible to learn from a distance.

Daphne Koller, CEO of the online education platform Coursera, routinely makes headlines when she suggests that online degrees will become commonplace. But our analysis shows that future may already be here. The headlines -- and our conception of what higher education looks like -- just needs to catch up.

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