Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    There actually is a for-profit school called Walden University.

  2. Linguist

    Linguist said, about 4 years ago

    Yes, they advertise on television. At first I thought it was a Trudeau joke but no, it’s real.
    Imagine how proud you’d be to introduce your son or daughter as a Walden grad ? Sort of like getting a B.S. degree from Slaggard U.

  3. too-zonked

    too-zonked said, about 4 years ago

    NASA rocks.

  4. Linguist

    Linguist said, about 4 years ago


    No kidding. I watched it live stream on the NASA channel. Absolutely amazing !!

  5. Tog

    Tog said, about 4 years ago


    Too true. Another brilliant achievement.

  6. Paula R.  Stiles

    Paula R. Stiles GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Funny, I was under the impression that most colleges are in it for the dough.

  7. feverjr

    feverjr said, about 4 years ago

    Amount of federal money in 2010 that went to….

    National Public Radio: $2.7 million

    Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University: $446 million

  8. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, about 4 years ago


    That’s 165 times MORE tax-payer money dumped onto a “university” whose faculty, staff and students MUST believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old and that evolution science is the work of the devil!

  9. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, about 4 years ago

    Out of curiosity, what kind of degrees are offered at Liberty U? A B of S seems unlikely, as they deny most science. Are they just turning out ultra-conservative ministers?
    And how is it that they are getting ahold of almost 1/2 a billion dollars annually? That’s almost what the failed solar energy company here in CA cost the gopvernment, but that was just a one-time loss.

  10. Astolat

    Astolat said, about 4 years ago

    Er, sorry, can you help a Brit understand that? We always thought your universities weren’t subsidised like ours, and that’s why the fees were so high (a policy our government is now desperately trying to emulate…). How does Liberty Univiersity get close on half a billion dollars in a year, and is that what it gets every year?

  11. Heidi Tentee

    Heidi Tentee said, about 4 years ago

    Well, more people attend Falwell’s university than listen to NPR.

  12. Dunestrider

    Dunestrider said, about 4 years ago

    Check out the Sam Houston Institute of Technology, my alma mater.

  13. Alabama_Al

    Alabama_Al said, about 4 years ago

    @Paula R. Stiles

    Most colleges and universities are expected to at least be self supporting. (Some may receive subsidies from government or religious organizations. But in all cases these subsidies cover only a small percentage of the college’s operation costs.) However, over the last 20 years there has been a proliferation of private for-profit learning institutions that, judging from the students of these schools I have encountered, are little better than diploma mills.

  14. StCleve72

    StCleve72 said, about 4 years ago


    And that there’s an invisible man in the sky who hears every thought you have and passes judgement on you and will send you to hell if you’re bad to burn forever in torment, and who loves you (thanks George Carlin). Hey, whatever happened to that separation of church and state thing anyway?

  15. Alabama_Al

    Alabama_Al said, about 4 years ago


    This is where the scandal comes from. The for-profit schools encourage students to enroll when their ability or incentive to successfully complete curriculums may be lacking; the students might be better served going to a trade school or such. These students are encouraged to apply for government subsidized student loans, which the students are expected to repay once they graduate. Unfortunately, the drop-out rate for the for-profits is substantially higher than at more traditional colleges – consequently the default rate for the student loans is also much higher. Since the loans, initially made through private banks, are backed by the government, the defaulted loans are made good to the banks by the government. So, in the end the student now has a big black mark on their credit history, the government pays for a useless effort, and the for-profit college collects the fees for providing a rather dubious service.

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