This article caught my attention today. It is a student suing a University in the UK because of her "Mickey Mouse " degree. Now I am of 2 minds to
this. First, a college degree is not a promise of a job. It should certainly help, but it is no promise. Secondly, Universities have become a big
business, and are selling an inferior product to unwitting parents and students who have not gotten proper guidance at the High School level.
Student sues University over "Mickey Mouse" degree
On a personal level, I am 51 and just finished up my Bachelor's in Marketing, and am now in my second class of an MBA. Half of my classes have
been on-line, and I can tell you that they have been easy. There aren't Finals per se, just papers due that summarize the previous semesters content.
These are usually open content as well so that one can sit at home and google all pertinent info, and get a relatively high grade. In fact, my MBA
allows one to resubmit work until one passes the course. This is from an accredited school, which has been around since the 1940's.
Usually, a society expects to send 20% of its young uns to college, but lately that number has shot up...a lot. From the Bureau of Labor Stats
Of "the 3.1 million youth age 16 to 24 who graduated from high school between January and October 2016, about 2.2 million (69.7 percent) were enrolled
in college in October." Further, of those 3.1 million kids, "Among recent high school graduates enrolled in college in October 2016, about 9
in 10 were full-time students. Recent graduates enrolled as full-time students were about half as likely to be in the labor force (34.6 percent) as
were their peers enrolled part time (77.1 percent)."
Basically, a lot of kids are going to school full time and not working, leaving at least a 2 to four-year gap before they even seek employment.
This, in turn, means that student, and mom-n-pop loans are adding to the massive student debts. In fact, student loans total an unreal $1.45
TRILLION, with an average student owing $38k.
Many grandparents are suffering as well, for student loans are NOT forgivable either through bankruptcy or death. Many grandparents are having
their Social Security benefits garnished to pay for their grandkids education, even though many drop out after 2 years.
So who's fault is this mess? There is a ton of blame to go around. Personally, I think college has become a huge business, and much like the 2008
housing bubble which lowered borrowing standards to those who could not afford it, so to are universities taking in anyone who applies. Government
will loan anyone money through its student loan program, with very little vetting. Oh, and schools have shielded themselves from lawsuits through
clever small print.
Sure, parents are to blame as well, but a lack of guidance counsellors in High Schools, plus a lack of an alternative route (tech schools or
apprenticeships) means a generation of kids are being herded into a life of debt with Mickey Mouse degrees.
Your thought ATS?
edit on 12-3-2018 by lakenheath24 because: (no reason given)