Here’s a little litmus test we should urge on folks who are comparison shopping colleges and universities: do they tell you who their faculty are? Because there’s no way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks I’d ever attend or send my progeny (if I have any) to an institution that didn’t identify, describe, and brag about its faculty. Non-profit colleges and unis should take note, too–tenured or tenure-track faculty are the only ones around who can be expected to explain details about the curriculum, answer questions about required coursework for the major, advise students adequately, and provide letters of recommendation or serve as references for students who might have graduated a year or two (or six) ago. Adjunct faculty can’t be expected to do these things–but these are the little things that make a degree from our institutions truly worthwhile.
Professor Harold Hill gets around these days, doesn’t he? “Wherever the people are as green as the money, friend.”
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