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Old 09-06-2011, 03:56 PM
sugarkang sugarkang is offline
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Default Re: The Faculty (Benjamin Ginsberg & Naomi Schaefer Riley)

Originally Posted by badhatharry View Post
Universities live off the demand for college graduates. They are not likely to do anything to change the status quo. They are delighted with the situation that requires a four year diploma to get an entry level job as a receptionist. Everyone has bought into the idea that if you have manged to soldier through four years of college you are way better than the guy who didn't. It's the new weeding out process for employment but a ridiculously expensive one.

And then there is the market for advanced degrees...
Right. Which is why the creation of equivalents tests would have to be facilitated by the government. But before we get to my idea of college equivalency tests, the market for this sort of thing needs to be created. The only way I see that happening is if you create the tests that employers actually find useful.

You must create the demand side first.

If employers use it, people will start studying for it. Once a testing regime is in place, you can start doing equivalency for college degrees or even by subject. Nobody actually cares that you went to Harvard. This wouldn't dismantle the university system, but it would make actual education a lot cheaper and force universities to evolve.
The mixing of populations lowers the cost of being unusual.

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