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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    D) To provide those who will not proceed to graduate school with a broadly-accepted imprimatur of generalized intellectual ability and reasonable work ethic, and thus plausible employability.

    E) To provide a social environment that transitions the student from adolescence into young adulthood through 1) a variety of initiation rituals both formal and informal, 2) indoctrination into the cultural corpus of the bourgeois, and 3) facilitating the self-guided creation of a social network that will endure to the lifetime support of the enrollee.

    and most importantly,

    F) To allow the people who do the real work of the university (earning grant and research funds in exchange for producing publishable intellectual work) to credibly claim the title of “educators.”Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      G) We’re gonna smoke and drink and fool around.
      We’re nookie-bound!…
      We are the North Star…

      Oh, wait, that’s summer camp…

      Never mindReport

  2. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Re: MOOCs

    Isn’t there a lot of evidence and studies that show on-line education is a failure? A week or so ago Vox had an article on how a lot of Silicon Valley types see on-line education as being more about finding diamonds than they do about it educating the masses.

    There simply don’t appear to be any good solutions to this problem. No one has any idea on how to make employers take risks on people with high-school educations alone. Yet many people take longer than four years to graduate which could be for a variety of factors including but not limited to not being right for college. No one wants to tell people that they are going to deal with lives of job and income insecurity because that will lead to political revolt.Report

  3. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    For some colleges and universities, to provide a cover of plausible deniability for their highly profitable sports franchises that utilize unpaid labor. For other colleges, to provide a source of easy money, grift, and real estate development for corrupt business people and their friends.Report