Cash for degrees? This is easy

My column last week on higher education having some sort of value brought an interesting response from a professor at Weber State University.

This professor said he occasionally gets a complaint from a student who doesn’t like his/her grade because he/she paid tuition to be there and, by god, this means a passing grade should be part of the deal.

Yeah, I know: Huh? But some students apparently think that way.

“This is easy,” I told the professor. “Just hand him/her a brochure for one of those on-line universities that sell degrees for $500. They’ll save money!”

He said he didn’t have any of those brochures. Ever wanting to be helpful, I sent him the following link:

And I must hasten to add, I in now way endorce getting a college degree by paying someone $500 and waiting five days. It’s lazy, it’s deceptive, it’s a waste of money.

But if all you want is a degree, well, there you are. Get out of college and leave it for people who want to learn something.


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6 Responses to Cash for degrees? This is easy

  1. Bob Becker says:

    The I’m paying too much to get a bad grade” notion is what was behind Stanford U. some time ago eliminating all grades below C. Parents shelling out mega bucks for a prestige degree went livid when little Madison or Barrington came home with Ds. Any grade lower than C became simply “no credit” thus preserving GPAs and reducing parental complaints.

    Even at open enrollment colleges like WSU the sense of entitlement among some students respecting grades is breathtaking. As is the number of students who bring parents in to dispute grades. (When I was in college I’d have drunk Chlorox out of embarrassement if I learned one of my parents contacted one of my professors about a grade.)

  2. Brent Glines says:

    A sense of entitlement without any actual accomplishment? Where do you suppose they got that notion?

  3. Bob Becker says:

    Lots of places. Parents. Schools that promote without demanding appropriate achievement by grade. Sports programs for young kids in which no score is kept, and all are declared winners. TV. Probably more, but that short list occurs to me right off the top.

    Many students I ran into in universities also were passionate believers in the labor theory of value: that the more they worked, the higher their grade should be because they worked more. [Summary of many conversations: "But I studied for three whole days. I can't have gotten a C."] And they believe, passionately, in a kind of reverse Gresham’s Law of Grading, that good grades drive out poorer grades, or should. Again, summary of many conversations: “But I took two history courses last term and got As in both of them. This C doesn’t make sense.”

    They never, however, argue the reverse: “But I took two history courses last term and got Cs in both of them. This A doesn’t make sense.”

  4. Brent Glines says:

    I’m asking a more fundamental question, Charles. Where did anyone get the idea that having sense of entitlement without any actual accomplishment would get you anything worthwhile? That certainly is not a tenet of conservative thought.

    Employers should view degrees received from those sources with all the enthusiasm they deserve.

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