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University and college education news

A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
Benjamin Disraeli

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
Thomas Carlyle

In university they don’t tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
Doris Lessing

The University brings out all abilities, including incapability.
Anton Chekhov

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in the students.
John Ciardi

I was delighted to not go to university. I couldn’t wait to be out of education.
Tom Stoppard

The original Latin word “universitas” refers in general to “a number of persons associated into one body, a society, company, community, guild, corporation, etc.” At the time of the emergence of urban town life and medieval guilds, specialised “associations of students and teachers with collective legal rights usually guaranteed by charters issued by princes, prelates, or the towns in which they were located” came to be denominated by this general term. Like other guilds, they were self-regulating and determined the qualifications of their members. In modern usage the word has come to mean “An institution of higher education offering tuition in mainly non-vocational subjects and typically having the power to confer degrees,” with the earlier emphasis on its corporate organization considered as applying historically to Medieval universities. The original Latin word referred to degree-granting institutions of learning in Western and Central Europe, where this form of legal organisation was prevalent, and from where the institution spread around the world. For non-related educational institutions of antiquity which did not stand in the tradition of the university and to which the term is only loosely and retrospectively applied, see ancient higher-learning institutions.

In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. A bachelor’s degree is now required for entry into a growing number of professions. And some parents begin planning for the expense of sending their kids to college when they’re born. Almost everyone strives to go, but almost no one asks the fundamental question posed by Academically Adrift: are undergraduates really learning anything once they get there? More recently, from a report based on the book Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, for a large proportion of students, the answer to that question is a definitive no. Higher education faces crises on a number of fronts, but Arum and Roksa’s report that colleges are failing at their most basic mission will demand the attention of us all.

The book cites data from student surveys and transcript analysis to show that many college students have minimal classwork expectations – and then it tracks the academic gains (or stagnation) of 2,300 students of traditional college age enrolled at a range of four-year colleges and universities. The students took the Collegiate Learning Assessment (which is designed to measure gains in critical thinking, analytic reasoning and other “higher level” skills taught at college) at various points before and during their college educations, and the results are not encouraging. The research found that after two years of college, 45% of students learned little to nothing. After four years, 36% of students learned almost nothing. The research then goes on to find a direct relationship between rigor and gains in learning and the most significant aspect to point out is that students who study by themselves for more hours each week gain more knowledge – while those who spend more time studying in peer groups see diminishing gains, and this supports the foundamental aspect of autonomus learning in education. (www.insidehighered.com/news)
Carl William Brown

Even though academic degrees have no value to society they enable employers to pay higher wages to smarter workers, but lower wages to everyone else, and in order to enjoy these higher wages, smart people must waste time and money going to the trouble of acquiring a degree. Perhaps everyone might be better off if the whole business were to be changed!
Carl William Brown

Priests are not men of the world; it is not intended that they should be; and a University training is the one best adapted to prevent their becoming so.
Samuel Butler

The Left is doing to America what it has done to almost everything it has deeply influenced – the arts, the university, religion, culture, minorities, Europe: ruining it.
Dennis Prager

A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard Shaw

I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.
William F. Buckley, Jr.

One learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls.
Thor Heyerdahl

I learnt more about politics during one South Dakota dust storm than in seven years at the university.
Hubert H. Humphrey

It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.
Norman Cousins

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
Albert Camus

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
Theodore Roosevelt

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