Why Universities, In Their Current Form, Are Doomed

I believe that universities, in their current form, are doomed due to a combination of internal problems and externalities. Here is a short list of these issues:

1. In most western countries- universities are now used to ‘house’ youth in the same way that prisons are used to ‘house’ black men in the USA.

2. In countries like the USA and other Anglo-Saxon countries, the students are expected to pay for the privilege of being ‘housed’ in these places. I have previously talked about the extremely deleterious effects of high student debt on the economy.

3. There are simply not enough jobs, even if every body took a “useful” education. It seems that CONservatives don’t want to understand this problem.

4. Even a high paying job out of university is no guarantee of having that job, let alone the possibility of that job existing a decade from now.

5. Universities are creating tons of useless and counterproductive admin jobs, while cutting back or not paying their non-admin staff.

6. The CONservative meme of getting into professions like medicine, law etc are very disingenous for two reasons.

a. Getting into those fields has more to do with who your parents know, rather than competence.
b. If everybody got into such professions, they would be less valuable.
c. Even worse, if such professions were the only way to have a decent income- the west will look more like brazil.. on second thought- bangladesh is a better example.

Now let us talk about externalities:

7. Universities, both public and private, are dependent on a growing economy for their continued existence. How that will be achieved with a shrinking working age population who have jobs that pay less than the previous generation remains to be seen.

8. The expectations that most people will go on to get well-paying jobs, get married, have kids and consume more is fatally flawed for a number of convergent reasons from feminism, globalization and an economy run on sociopathic principles. These old-fashioned expectations shape many aspects of university policy- from recruitment, program design to attitude towards students and the external world in general.

9. The research departments of universities are becoming less productive with each new day. It started in the 1980s due to CONservative ideologies, competitions and other manager-lawyer sociopathic memes gaining traction. Today the only new things most universities discover are scams, spins and speculative bullshit with a helping of rewarmed old research.

10. Technology had made information free and easily accessible. There is no real need to teach kids anything except performing experiments and other hands-on learning. Universities have largely lost one of the two main reasons for their existence- they just don’t know it yet.

Comments?

PS: I support the idea of all people being able to learn about anything they want to learn about. It is just that universities are no longer equipped, competent or capable of fulfilling that role.

It is going to end in forced massive redesign or annihilation. Either way, it does not matter..

  1. Boycott
    December 26, 2010 at 5:20 am

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  2. marlon
    December 26, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Hmmm…you may have a point here as distance schooling (including the net), and part-time schooling are options more and more universities are ofering.

    The accreditation boards are one of the main factors slowing down the change you are speaking of, as people tend not to regard degrees that are unaccredited.

  3. December 26, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Re: Research: Mathematics departments are an exception, constantly producing new research all the time. I wonder, as universities decline, what will happen with math research. I wonder whether a kind of “monastery” system might work: sounds silly, but it’d actually be perfect for mathematicians. Especially if the surrounding world is a harsh post-capitalist dystopia…

    • Nestorius
      December 26, 2010 at 11:40 am

      but arn’t there also recycled researches in mathematics?

  4. Matt
    December 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    You didn’t even mention the whole student loan scam that is going on. Make loans to people who have no experience with long term debt and who will not be able to get out from under the loan as long as they live.

    It turns out, I have..

    https://dissention.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/the-insanity-of-student-loans/

  5. Silver Bar Tender
    January 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    A lot of the degrees offered are worthless in any marketplace save the government.
    —-

    All degrees are useless, and the marketplace is fiction.

    But because of a 1970’s Supreme Court decision, no company can use an aptitude test to hire (“Duke Power”, I think). So the college degree is used as a screening too, any old degree. The manager of the local Denny’s or Howard Johnson’s or Village Inn has a college degree — does he or she need that? Nah. The company can and does train managers how to run a restaurant in their own way. Basic bookeeping is a high school course.

    So it is an issue of gatekeeping, and that fits right into the whole credentialist mindset. Add to that all the “studies” degrees: chicano/black/women’s/etc. studies degrees are worthless except for applying for grants from foundations and/or government.

    I expect the further dilution of college. Real degrees (sciences such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, as well as engineering such as civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc.) will continue to be taught, and accredited, in the same way. But that’s a core of real stuff. Fluff like “communications”, etc. can go online, and likely will.
    —-

    There are no real degrees or essential education. Remember that somebody in India or China can do your so called “productive” job for less.

    • P Ray
      March 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      I expect the further dilution of college. Real degrees (sciences such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, as well as engineering such as civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc.) will continue to be taught, and accredited, in the same way. But that’s a core of real stuff. Fluff like “communications”, etc. can go online, and likely will.

      Not all your “qualified graduates with real degrees” actually EARNED them,
      or actually HAVE the qualification.

      Sometimes people are passed so that the lecturers can keep their jobs, as (at least in Asia), there is this idea that if a person can pay, they deserve to get through, or at least not fail too badly. Political stability also hinges on this, in that government+public universities give qualifications in return for votes and support, and companies+private universities give qualifications in return for compliant labour and profit (each student adds to the coffers of the education industry business)

      The easiest metric for verifying “fiddled graduate numbers”, is
      1. look at the amount of people enrolled for degree courses in 1 year for an institution
      2. look at the amount of people graduating with a degree 3 years later.

      If (2) is between 30 – 90% of the figure in (1), you are most likely dealing with a university that fiddles (whether government or private). Degrees, are not supposed to be awarded like fish wrap.

      • P Ray
        March 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm

        Obviously, if your figure is 100% of people who enrol, graduate:
        you are dealing with something like a kindergarten, where everybody who joins, passes.

        I bet that near 100% figure is applicable to almost every university-level management course.

        Since most managers do not know how to deal with technical issues in a mature manner.

  6. P Ray
    March 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    One thing also left out is:
    fraudulently awarded qualifications.

    As an example,
    many countries in the West publish statistics of plagiarism by students.
    many countries in Asia, DO NOT.

    also there is the reality,
    that many universities do not keep online lists of their graduates and their specialisations,
    so unless someone is willing to ring the university AND finds someone with the authorised clearance to browse the collection of graduates to verify credentials,
    fraudsters and fakers get away with claiming they have qualifications.

  1. December 26, 2010 at 12:16 am
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