“We Are Creating the Walmarts of Higher Education”

Via The Atlantic, an account of the political pressure on colleges to increase efficiency at the cost of quality. State legislatures want to raise graduation rates. They also want to reduce funding. So the obvious solution is not to do a better job of getting students engaged (because that would require more and better paid teachers) but to make it easier for half-engaged students to earn their degrees.

Badass sound bite #1: “Anything that creates distance in the teacher-student relationship will hurt the student.” (Mayra Besosa)

Badass sound bite #2: “In the end, education is an interpersonal endeavor.” (Karen Arnold)

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