is happening to our universities and colleges? Are they so
afraid of losing students that they are lowering their
standards? The answer is a resounding YES. Our system of
higher education is a mess, and the blame must be shared by
administrators, teachers and students. "
"I have been a college professor for 30 years and have
witnessed the relentless deterioration of 'the system.'
Administrators used to be educators and scholars. Today,
they are, ... bureaucrats and business executives ....
Teachers no longer want to teach. Students paying
megabucks for education are frequently taught by
graduate students. This, of course, suits administrators
fine since graduate students cost less than faculty. "
"The relentless deterioration of the university system
has been caused by the so-called student evaluation of
education is experiencing the simultaneous phenomena of
widespread use of student evaluation of teaching (SET),
grade inflation, student moral decline (resulting in
widespread cheating and plagiarism), and steadily lower
student motivation. "
is not a valued outcome; only documentation of
completion is valued."
product is no longer an educated person but a 'degreed'
person. Too many college degrees are fraudulent
and universities are granting degrees to people who lack
knowledge and skills taken for granted in a high school
graduate not long ago. "
persuasive case can be made that the increased use of
SET has caused higher education to become dysfunctional,
resulting in a steep, slippery slide in the output
is " only popularity contests that have little to do
with learning. "