At UMass Lowell Vets and those over 60 can take continuing ed classes for $30 per semester, plus the books. There is an exception. As our State Senator has confirmed to us, there is a "color of money" issue wherein "on line" courses go at full freight. My wife and I have noticed that there are more and more courses going on line, well over half in some departments. In essence, this privilege for those in their golden years (I can't yet write elderly) and Vets is going away.
Is it just bureaucratic mismanagement by the school administration? Has the General Court of Massachusetts failed to turn its eyes to this issue?♠ Is there some other reason?
Over at Slashdot we have this blurb:
theodp writesIs it possible we have found the reason?
"According to a new survey of college admissions directors by Inside Higher Ed, the admissions strategy judged most important is the recruitment of more out-of-state and international students, who can pay significantly more at public institutions. Ten percent of those surveyed also reported admitting full-pay students with lower grades and test scores than other admitted applicants, and a majority of schools either use or plan to use controversial commission-paid agents to recruit foreign students (commission-based recruitment is barred in the U.S.). 'This isn't about globalization or increased educational diversity,' asserts USC's Jerome A. Lucido. 'They need the money.' So, should employees of a public university where the President's annual compensation exceeds $1 million receive a full state-funded pension for educating 16,000+ out-of-state students?"
It looks like the Administration is trying to make this benefit go away and go away without a lot of fuss.
How does this fit with the fact that half of University employees are now on the administrative side rather than the education side?
Regards — Cliff
♠ And, if they followed my advice and sunset each and every law every ten years and then brought them back at the lowest possible level of abstraction, then they would see these kinds of things.