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Resist the Data Siren Song

Fred_PA_2000 Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 12:37 PM
How ironic. Faculty & Administrative salaries have soared well beyond what such folk can command in the private sector. And why should they lower their costs? They've got millions of potential customers standing in line to get in, with plenty of [government] cash in their hot little fists. And like the doctors who thought we had to do something about our health care system, they will soon discover that Obama will solve the problem by demanding that they work for a fraction of their true cost to provide the services that Obama's minions now demand as their birth right.
Alex_P Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 2:41 PM
Fred_PA_2000 Wrote:
" ... with plenty of [government] cash in their hot little fists." <- read " with plenty of [our] cash in their hot little fists."

It seems easy: collect data, process data, publish data, and everyone becomes better informed and wiser. It’s seductive, and it was clear listening to President Barack Obama and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) that both are under data’s spell when it comes to budget-busting higher education. But the main college problem isn’t a shortage of useful information -- it’s massive federal student aid discouraging its use.

In his State of the Union address, Obama celebrated federal student aid but then lamented that “taxpayers cannot continue to subsidize the soaring cost of higher education.” His solution? Change college accreditation to include measures of...