Tag Archives: Higher Education

Un-Mankind?

A student at Northern Arizona University lost a point for using mankind in his essay.
While I completely agree that we should never encourage sexism or racism, boycotting words such as ‘mankind’ and ‘man-made’ and punishing college students who use such words in their essays by taking points off their grades is ridiculous and is taking away time and attention from other pressing issues. As a woman who is an advocate for women’s rights and encourages equality for everyone, I just feel like this is too much and distasteful. This is taking gendered language too far. At the time when this word was invented it was probably geared towards a gender-neutral meaning. As a college student we all understand the importance of every point in our assignments, quizzes, and tests. Imagine getting docked for a word, even if that word has MAN in it; instead of “human” or “people”
We cannot expect all students to completely change things they’re used to all of a sudden.  Even if such words are to be banned forever, students need time to get used to the change. “Docking points” is unacceptable.  Sorry Northern Arizona University, that’s not the right way to correct “sexist” language.
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Updating facilities U of M

The U of M is trying to ask the state government for money to renovate various facilities across multiple campuses. President of the U of M claims that:  “University of Minnesota contributes more than $8.6 billion a year in economic activity to our 87 counties.” This may be factual but the point I like to make is how this school charges a significant amount of money for tuition but still needs helps with funding from the state. I understand that the U of M is a major contributor to the state tax  revenue, but I don’t think that is a good enough a reason to increase their budget.

I understand that we should prioritize our youth and their education, but I feel that with this school it shouldn’t need much help with renovating facilities with the money they already make off of the students. Also if the school is to use state government  funds, the school should make the facilities open to the public and not just the students enrolled at the school. I think that Erik Kaler, the president of the U needs to review his budget and see where he can scrounge up spare change to improve his school that doesn’t offer the general public time to use the facilities before asking for more money from the state. I think that tuition from all the students would be more than sufficient to cover pay for professors and facilities. Go gophers.

http://www.startribune.com/to-better-serve-minnesota-the-u-needs-state-help-renovating-outdated-facilities/474234783/

 

How much is your degree worth to you?

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Education today is arguably the most important investment that a person can make in themselves and their future. In theory, the more education and qualifications that a person holds, the more career opportunities they will have. With better opportunities, usually comes more financial security; depending on a person’s view of the “American Dream”, more money may equate to a better quality of life. If education is viewed as an investment, then just like any other investment, you need to spend money to make money.

With over 1 trillion dollars currently invested into student loans in America, many are left wondering if their return will be worth their investment. Others wonder why they should even take the risk at all. As the cost of higher education rises, a college degree becomes more of a high-risk investment rather than a high-return investment. The cost of higher education in the United States today is higher than it has ever been before, which is forcing millions of Americans to fall into thousands of dollars of debt and raise the national student debt total in pursuit of better career opportunities. The cost of tuition is rising because of higher spending by universities and because of less funding coming from government subsidies, if something is not done to change this trend there may be a decline in college enrollment and degrees earned.

For the majority of Americans, earning a college degree is their best chance of reaching the middle-class. For most, the reality may be that due to rising tuition costs at public and private universities, pursuing their education may very well put them in so much debt, they will struggle just to stay in the middle-class for most of their lives. Based on a report done by The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, college tuition and fees had increased 439 percent from 1982 to 2007, while the median family income rose only 147 percent within the same time period. With private university tuition exceeding $60,000 a year, and out of state costs at many state schools exceeding $40,000, some people are graduating with debt loads of $100,000 or more.

While there are cheaper options when it comes to college choices, many college students don’t think about their job outlooks after graduation. In a recent study done by the Associated Press, with the help of researchers from Northeastern University, Drexel University, and the Economic Policy Institute, based on data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey and the U.S. Department of Labor, 53% of bachelor degree holders under the age of 25 are either unemployed or underemployed.

With statistics like these, it can be really discouraging to be a college student right now. But can anything really be done to solve the challenges that college students face?  As college tuition continues to rise, and the job market becomes more competitive, college students have to become much more resourceful in the ways that they pay for college and find jobs. Its a jungle out there, be careful.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/04/53-of-recent-college-grads-are-jobless-or-underemployed-how/256237/

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/education/03college.html?_r=0