4.11.09

HIGHER EDUCATION'S SUBPRIME SECTOR. You can name names.
Outside of its elite private institutions, Chicago is the The City Where Diploma Dreams Go to Die, writes Kevin Carey of Education Sector.
You can propose hypotheses for the proliferation of dropout factories.
But catastrophic failure rates are a problem for any college. In reality, the accreditation system has evolved over time to accommodate diversity in quality to an almost infinitely elastic degree.
You can work the problem.
We have an excess of politeness and a deficit of candor in our discussions of higher education. As a result, public leaders in Chicago and elsewhere have turned a blind eye to dysfunctional institutions in the heart of their communities. Students are paying the price.
You might conclude that improvements in the status quo are unlikely. But it's better to identify the problem and propose solutions, which might (for lack of any other choices) gain some traction, than to post anonymous whinges that will accomplish precisely nothing.

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