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.

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Vince Tinto, Private Eye

OK. So, if you know who Dr. Vincent Tinto is, then you know he’s not a private eye. But I’ve always thought the words sounded good with his name.

Last week, I was lucky enough to learn from him (or should I say “with” him?) at the NDUS Retention Summit.

Here are some of my take-aways.

  • We have to learn better together to help our students learn better together.”
  • “If we accept a student (for admission into our institutions), we have a moral obligation to help them be successful.”
  • “You have to invest in assessment to prove and improve.”
  • “I think everyone should have FYE (First Year Experience) courses.”
  • “Call John Gardner. Tell him, ‘Vinny said to call.'”
  • “Student success does not arise by chance.”
  • “No one rises to low expectations.”
  • Early warning systems are much more effective if they’re early.”

I have a lot more to say about this, but I’ll let you ponder on the above quote while I do the same.