Summary of "Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission?"

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Summary of “Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission?” In the article, “Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission?” by, Andrew Hacker and Claudia Drefius there are many suggestions on how to reform colleges to make the price of admission worth it to students attending. One idea stated in the article was engaging all students; “professors must make an effort to reach their students” (180). The authors are suggesting that instead of just teaching day to day curriculum they should pay attention to how all the students are performing. Another point stated was that colleges are not pushing their students minds. Instead of worrying about the pay off the students should be concerned with developing all they can intellectually. The author then expresses their feelings towards multi-year contracts. They tell how tenure plans which would be more beneficial. They believe that professors have no motive to improve their skills when rewarded with tenure plans, for themselves or their students. Another thing mentioned in the article that people who come to teach in a college that are not actually considered teachers. For instance, a farmer coming to teach a class on agriculture are being cheated out of money. They receive much less pay than actual teachers and are doing the same job. They believe it is important to properly pay these people rather than using money on things less significant things for instance, building on to a gym. Also stated was that Presidents of colleges were being overpaid. They go on to say Colleges shouldn't have to pay more to get a qualified President to run their school. The President should be pleased with a modest salary and if they aren’t then they probably don't need to have the title anyhow. Another suggestion was that spin-off schools preoccupy faculties and school presidents. They state that it takes away the much needed attention

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