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Friday, January 22, 2010

This does something

Unlike the k-12 bill we passed last week, the higher ed bill actually does something to help students get a degree. This Chas Sisk article does a good little run down but for the most part it makes it easier to transfer credits between Tennessee schools and rewards schools for helping students to graduate.

A great step.

5 comments:

  1. According to the article, funding is now tied to number of graduates, not enrollment. That might work well at UT and other state universities where students who show little potential to graduate can simply be denied admittance. But community colleges have to take every applicant with a high school diploma/GED. And, as you know, there's plenty of folks with those that aren't exactly college material. So my question is, won't this create an incentive for "social promotion," similar to what we have in public schools, where kids are just passed along despite not learning anything? If a college realizes it can get more funds by increasing graduates, doesn't that create an incentive to do this (as Rep. Lundberg points out)?

    Just a thought.

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  2. The thing that will slow that problem is testing for accreditation or advanced certification (Like passing the bar, getting your architectural licence, etc.)

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  3. Passing the Bar and architectual licensing??? No, you don't take either of those at the end of an associates degree. And social promotion does occur already, giving people a finacial incentive will just increase the problem, at least until 4 year schools stop taking those students.

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  4. We've got A's come get your free A's. Yeah, I think this will really help prepare students. There is only really one outcome that can realistically be expected... That universities and colleges will begin passing students just to get the graduation rates up. However, beyond the obvious, maybe there is other justification, or reason. Can you shed some light on that?
    Thanks

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  5. What a great resource!

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