If for-profit colleges cared about education, students would get their tuition refunded when they showed up in class.

13 05 2011

This article (via EduBubble) reminds me of a very old Saturday Night Live sketch where Dan Ackroyd as a dean of some kind tells the students on their first day of college to do what they want, just come back for Parent’s Day and graduation. I’d give my right arm to find that on Hulu. In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for laughs like this:

Ms. Howland-Justice said administrators would tell faculty members that they weren’t “fun” enough, that they should engage students through games like Bingo and Jeopardy. To encourage students to show up for class, the college would throw pizza parties and ice-cream socials, and hold raffles for i­Pods and gift cards.

I guess this is what happens when everyone except the students are responding to economic incentives.



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