Saturday, October 15, 2005
Higher Education Woes for America
This issue of the New York Review of Books is pretty good! The article on the state of higher education in the US points out some well-known yet disturbing trends:
- Top Universities are not paying much attention to quality of undergraduate education.
- Tuition costs are increasing rapidly, but the quality of education isn't significantly better.
- There's too much flab at the top - hundreds of well-paid, tenured professors who don't do anything worthwhile - in large universities.
How good an education you get totally depends upon your peer group and not too much on your teachers or the university itself. That's where excellent but tiny Liberal Arts programs fail to produce the kind of world-beaters that regularly emerge from the Ivy League schools and big state universities like Berkeley.