We Can’t Tolerate Bad College Programs Anymore
Aug 2023

We Can’t Tolerate Bad College Programs Anymore

Students, colleges, and taxpayers all deserve better.

In our current system of higher education, we pay for what we get. Because the government underwrites significant portions of the higher-education system, it means that students and families are not the only “customers” of colleges. Taxpayers are as well.

There’s a saying in efficient markets for goods and services: The customer is always right. What they demand is ultimately met. If Apple doesn’t offer an iPhone that delivers value, customers look elsewhere, and Apple has a choice: improve or wither.

In higher education, what the government — and therefore the taxpayer — is paying for is enrollment of students. Not employment. Not learning. Not life outcomes.

Now combine that with four realities:…


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