Sunday, October 2, 2011
The High Frustration of Higher Education
I imagine working in the admissions department at the University of Phoenix must be a lot like owning a Jaguar. You have this elite university, but where can you get students who are capable of taking advantage of the world class education you can provide? The public schools have failed. That's been clear already by the less than stellar record that University of Phoenix graduates have in the job market. The problem rests with our nation's public schools.
One thing that education reformers and advocates for the status quo both fail to see is the harm that poor public schools do cause for institutions of higher learning like University of Phoenix. Even statistics showing what percentage of students are college ready fail to show what percentage of students are ready for elite schools like UP.
I believe that UP realized this as well and that's why they've spent a lot of money advocating for reform. Programs like Education Nation have been sponsored very heavily by UP because they know quality education doesn't only prepare quality students, it prepares Phoenixes.