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Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Cost of Eduction Frills

For John, BLUFWhen I say frills, I mean the extra bells and whistles in higher education.  Given the problems we have in socialization of young people in a period of fewer intact facilities, this may be needed in grades K though 12, but then those students graduate and are adults, with the right to drive cars and vote.  At some point the apron strings need to be cut.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

  • Fox's Tucker Carlson predicted that many college diversity deans could soon be "out of work."
  • As the coronavirus pandemic has a costly impact on colleges, many top-tier schools will weather the storm just fine.
  • Others, however, could have a much tougher financial path ahead.

From Campus Reform, from Managing Editor Jon Street, 21 March 2020.

Here is the lede plus three:

Fox's Tucker Carlson took aim at the "higher education establishment" Thursday, predicting that many colleges are soon likely to "go under."

As Campus Reform previously reported, amid federal bailouts of the airline industry and perhaps even many hotels and cruise lines, a survey of college presidents across America before the coronavirus pandemic found that less than two-thirds are "confident" in their schools' financial stability over periods of five and ten years, signaling what could be yet another sought after bailout by American taxpayers.

But as a number of top-tier American colleges have been found to have more money even than some countries, as Campus Reform also has reported, it's unlikely that schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Stanford will run out of cash any time soon.

As for some smaller, private colleges, on the other hand, they could face a much bleaker picture.

You can almost count on Tucker Carlson to vear into less trodden territory.  And, his comments make sense.  There are smaller colleges, without big endowments, on the edge.  To survive they will have to shed some of the frills.  Like Host Tucker Carlson, I think a "diversity dean, and the accompanying overhead of administrators and deputies, are a frill.  The mission is education and not nursemaiding.  Students need to be focused on what happens after college, when they have to get a job in a world where there may or may not be a "diversity dean".

I would think that colleges could replace their diversity staff with a couple of lectures for the Senior Class on job hunting and interviews and work place social behavior.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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