In loco parentis light?

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Blog U.: Orienting Parents – Confessions of a Community College Dean – Inside Higher Ed.

Dean Dad does it again. A thought-provoking look at the trifecta of students, parents, and institutions, and how a new “in loco parentis light” is making it’s way into colleges.

News: Starting from Zero – Inside Higher Ed

News: Starting from Zero – Inside Higher Ed.

This article caught my attention, because it featured Colorado Mountain College, which I used to live near. But now, I’m intrigued by this idea of zero-based budgeting. It’s probably something whose time has come, but folks will be slow to adopt.

Yes, College is Worth It – Inside Higher Ed

Yes, College is Worth It – Inside Higher Ed.

The first paragraph of Dean Dad’s post should be enough to seal the deal, but it’s well worth reading the whole thing.

A quick thought experiment: if you were offered your tuition back — minus any financial aid — in return for surrendering your bachelor’s degree — and any graduate degrees thereafter — would you take it? Just to make things interesting, let’s say that along with returning the credentials, you also have to surrender any intellectual strength you built in college, along with any jobs that required college (and/or higher) degrees and the money you made in them. In return, you would get the money you would have made and experience you would have gained with the jobs you could have had right out of high school.

Would you take the deal?

I definitely wouldn’t give back my college degrees for the amount of money they cost me.

Is it time to kill the liberal arts degree?

Is it time to kill the liberal arts degree? – Salon.com.

A very interesting look at the value of a liberal arts degree in today’s economy. I work in higher education, but I have to say that I agree with her in many ways. I, too meandered around for a while until I found my true calling working in higher education. I often wonder if I needed that time of meandering or if, as society may assert, it was time wasted.