Jen Sorensen by Jen Sorensen

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    Ya the reason rates are going up is because of the Bush tax cuts.
    On what days do you tell the truth Jen?

  2. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 3 years ago

    This is supposed quality editorializing? Inane context and lousy art work? This girl earns money for this crap?

  3. ronald rini

    ronald rini said, over 3 years ago


    not sure but think it is all the scholarships by the government and the cheap loans. And like everything the government gets its hands on triples in price.

  4. jonesb

    jonesb said, over 3 years ago

    People waste anything that’s free and paid for by big brother.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    OK you wonder why your cost is so high. Here is a peek at some of the reasons:

    So as the pensions and salaries increase, someone has to pony up for it. Why is it that administrators are so well compensated and those that do the actual work of teaching are not?

    IF businesses would be more involved in recruiting workers, and subsidize their education ……..

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago

    I opted for the last choice. Sorry, but college is now a sucker’s game. You can either go in to learn finance, and become one of the leeches skimming the froth of Wall Street, or you could try to learn something that might actually benefit humanity and civilization, only to likely find that companies are passing you over for much-cheaper foreign workers- leaving you fighting over the same selection of low-end jobs as before, only now with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on your back.
    I may not be getting rich at my job, but I also don’t owe a penny to anyone.

  7. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago


    Thanks, Bruce.
    Administrator salaries at USM are between $150k to $450k annually, while adjunct professors (the bulk of the workforce now) make between $8k to $15k annually. They also are cutting back on the amount of professors, which means each adjunct will have more classes filled with more students, for the same salaries. The graduation rate, due to “frontloading” (accepting EVERY applicant just to get a single year of tuition knowing they will drop out) has gone from 55% to 12% of incoming freshmen.
    As to your final point, businesses want “experienced” workers, or those with a number of pointless certifications, rather than invest in 2 weeks of on-the-job training to bring a competent beginner up to speed. That is why the degree and certification mills of India exist – they provide workers with already impressive resumes, even if most of it is made up or granted without even testing.

  8. yusodum

    yusodum said, over 3 years ago

    Interest rate doubled? Does this mean doubled from 0.25% to 0.50%? And does it make me old that I can actually remember a time when it was 16%?

  9. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    It means from 3.4% to 6.8% and it is the fault of the current Congress.

  10. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    And the point that seems to be most missing here is that we reward Big Bank/Big Problems by giving them money almost interest-free and buying toxic assets, neither of which they deserve.

    The future of any society is its education. Agreed, Byzantine Art History is not a lucrative major, but there are a lot of legitimate fields. See if you can get a job as a nuclear engineer with a GED. Yet members of Congress would be just as happy to make it harder to advance your education.

    So, we punish the students, and reward the banks. Sounds like Standard Operating Procedure to me.

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago


    You are welcome.

    In Fla we have standardized testing in our prep schools and students are taught to pass a test not how to do the work. Teachers that buck the system don’t work.
    In the universities, admin and coaches knock down the largest salaries while those that have to contend with the poor preparation because of the focus on test passing rather than learning how to do the work are paid less than half.

    Now if a business would find those that are inclined/suited for their industry and begin training them at a young age (smacks of indoctrination a tad) then they could educate their workforce and not rely on an arbitrary education system where student are funneled into areas that are not relevant.

    dream on

  12. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago


    You actually touched upon my wife’s doctoral work in your last paragraph. She is comparing American vs. European pedagogical models, and the flaws and strengths of both, and how to incorporate the best of each in a modern curriculum. In short, America teaches “breadth over depth”, meaning our students are taught a wide range of subjects but little in the way of specific skills. The problem is we force them to decide at 18 what to major in without any guidance as to why they should or should not do so. their general view of a degree is a piece of paper to help them get a job. Most will have to continue to a Masters to get the skills to actually obtain the job they want, should they decide on one.
    In Europe, it is “depth over breadth”, where students are given general standardized tests throughout their primary and secondary school career, not to judge the efficacy of the school (like we do here), but to find each students’ strengths and weaknesses, pushing them towards classes, colleges, universities, and vocational schools that exploit their strengths. This is assuming that a child who excels in math will be happy as an engineer or programmer, as opposed to a writer or firefighter. Today, Europe is finding that adult education is growing (it hardly existed there before – Ireland was surprised that 20% of my wife’s students were over 30) because many people are not happy with their careers, having never explored any other avenues.
    The key would be to marry the two, like in Finland. Allow the students to learn as much as possible while guiding them towards a career they can excel at AND enjoy. This requires money, new school facilities, and more skilled (and better paid) teachers.
    Like you said – dream on.

  13. rossevrymn

    rossevrymn GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


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