Much as I enjoy sports, especially baseball, public welfare for corporate ownership should end. Contrary to popular belief, entertainment dollars are a zero sum game. Every family has a finite budget for this sort of spending and any money spent on sports (or business surrounding stadia) is one that would have been spent on dinner out elsewhere or the movies. Yet we continue to hear falsehoods proclaiming economic benefits.
@ Jim Collins - The studies are designed to account for student aspirations but point taken on the veracity of those measures. That said, the vast majority of CC students elect for the academic transfer track as opposed to the vocational track.
The idea that CCs act as deterrent is predicated upon CC students with background and academic credentials similar to 4-yr entrants still falling short in terms of degree attainment, not comparing high achievers to the rest of the pack.
@localboy - The research done in the field has indicated that, holding all else equal (socioeconomic status, race, gender, high school academic achievement), community college students still attain degrees at lowered rates. For someone who aspires to a 4-year degree, attending a community college effectively lowers the likelihood of that happening.
There are some who dispute this but it remains one of the few 'givens' in higher ed research along with income as a direct proxy for academic achievement.
The lottery scholarships were a result of 'garbage-can' decision making insofar as a lottery was desired but only when GA initiated HOPE did the avenue of student scholarships present itself. Distributing the moneys evenly or based on need has proven to be less than politically palpable.
The difficulty inherent in funneling students into community colleges is that, all else equal, CCs act as a deterrent to degree completion. Swelling the ranks of CC students will lead to lower ROI insofar as taxed earnings of graduates (or non-grads) are concerned. It's an option and probably one that will be taken seriously, but the end result is in question.
If the person in question had made a substantial contribution in the past he would likely know that any university cannot accept such a donation with those sorts of strings attached. It opens the doors for faculty protest and future litigation. Furthermore, 6 figures isn't going to buy you the right to change policy at Vandy.
And to the second poster, for as liberal as colleges may seem there is no evidence that attending college liberalizes students (see Astin, Pascarella & Terenzini, Caboni et al). Even if (and that's a big if) faculty were somehow intent on indoctrinating students into left-wing thought the students are not buying it.
The master of the pan flute? I love that guy!
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