The problem that every large scam or con eventually runs into is when word gets around as to its true nature. Small scams can be kept going for a very long time as long as the con men do not get too greedy. The university and college degree scam is very big indeed. And people have got very, very greedy. Your average Australian university vice chancellor is on a salary of more than $1 million per year.
In order to keep those numbers universities have to demand more money from governments. Last year New Zealand elected a socialist government because, free money! Or to be more precise, no more tuition fees for students courtesy of the taxpayer.
Universities and academics in New Zealand have broadly welcomed the government’s commitment to abolish tuition fees, but fear that it will lead to university funding being cut …
Stuart McCutcheon, vice-chancellor of the University of Auckland, said that “it has certainly been our experience that when governments set out to be more generous to students they compensate for that by being less generous to universities”.
What an extraordinary statement. The sheer gall and arrogance on display here is incredible to behold. Apparently governments need to be generous to universities, not just to students. It seems the two are mutually exclusive. Universities need to be funded in of themselves, students notwithstanding. These people have careers, you see. They have tenure.
The other thing that universities have done is to throw open their doors to anyone with a pulse who wants a degree. Stories abound of Chinese students graduating from Australian universities who can barely speak a word of English. The degrees themselves are really of not much importance as far as the university governing bodies are concerned; it’s the number of research grants that the university receives that really counts.
The worth of an item is based on its scarcity relative to demand. Its value is also determined by its quality. As far as university degrees are concerned, both of these factors have gone into the shitter but the cost of a degree continues to rise. That’s because the last determiner of an item’s intrinsic value is what people are prepared to pay for it. If you price college degrees very highly then people assume that they must be worth that amount of money.
They’re not, and people are beginning to wake up to this fact. And as a result university attendances have begun falling. So what do you do when your degree pyramid scheme is in danger of falling over? You turn to the government this time, but not for money; for legislation.
State lawmakers in New Mexico recently proposed a bill that would force high school students to apply for college unless they provide the government with alternative post-graduation plan.
House Bill 23, sponsored by Republican state representative Nate Gentry and Democratic state senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, would require high school juniors to “file an application with a college or show that the student has committed to an internship or apprenticeship or military service.”
So much for those carefree summers after graduation; you have to provide the authorities with a plan. No Reconnaissance Man style wanderings for you. You gotta get with the program. Land of the free indeed.
By the way, I said that this wasn’t about money but I was wrong:
According to USA Today, the proposal is a response to the state’s decline in college enrollment, which dropped 14 percent between 2010 and 2016, with Gentry predicting that requiring students to file applications—which cost $25 at the University of New Mexico—will induce more of them to actually attend college.
And net the university $25 per high school student regardless of whether they go through with their plan to go to college.
But look at that – a 14% drop over the last 6 years. That’s the sort of figures that have been giving NFL team owners the cold sweats at night. Nothing like forcing the population via legislation to partake in a scam that they want nothing to do with. It’s almost Soviet-like in its awfulness, except that the Soviets never came up with the bright idea of charging the people for their own indoctrination, (the Chinese came close by charging your family for the cost of the bullet that went into the back of your head).
All that’s missing is some good old fashioned propaganda.
Additionally, the bill mandates that local school boards must ensure that all students are “reasonably informed” about “the financial benefits of graduating a college and the availability of financial aid.”
Expect more of this. It’s too big and there are too many vested interests to just fall over all on its own. They’re going to want to rake in as much as they can before it falls to pieces. I predict that in a few years it will be a felony if you do not attend college on graduation. When I graduated high school in 1988 it was a big deal to get into university. 30 years later and it’s a big deal to get out.