“My suspicion is that the country really doesn’t need more students in college, which is largely a status marker. But it would benefit from better and cheaper higher and continuing ed.” – Samuel Goldman
In Oregon, as Michael Gottfredson interviews to become president of the University of Oregon, and Rudy Crew takes the helm of the Oregon Education Investment Board and the efforts towards “40-40-20” by 2025, let’s reflect on the thoughts of Samuel Goldman from his blog post “U. of All People” at the American Conservative website (here):
Let’s restrict the term “college” to four-year degrees in the arts and sciences, taught by faculty engaged in independent research and geared toward traditional, often residential students. Let’s call the constellation of part-time, vocational, non-residential programs geared toward non-traditional students “higher and continuing ed.”
Even though they’re sometimes housed in an umbrella organization called a university, these seem to me to be rather different businesses. When it comes to funding and their connection to the public interest, they should be evaluated differently. My suspicion is that the country really doesn’t need more students in college, which is largely a status marker. But it would benefit from better and cheaper higher and continuing ed.