Thursday, March 13, 2008

"Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average."
Garrison Keillor

Ah, that would be no...

From the Strib:

Are our children all above average? New study says no

Minnesotans pay twice as much as the national average to get a public college education, but they're not getting double the results.

Fewer than 40 percent of students at Minnesota's colleges and universities graduate in four years, according to a report released this week by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. In addition, students of color have less than a 50-50 chance of graduating at all.

For a state where high school students traditionally fare well on college entrance exams, that's disconcerting to those in charge of assessing the quality of higher education in Minnesota.

Disconcerting? Downright embarrassing.

Perhaps the geniuses at the U should look into this situation and give us some advice about how to improve this disgraceful situation.

One way might be to pay more attention to doing a better job with Minnesota students and ratchet back on things like ambitious public relations ploys.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, this is downright embarrassing. The true measure of a university's worth, stripped of all fanfare and puffery, is what it does for its students. Are they better off for their trouble? Would they have been better served to go elsewhere? Or even to have forgone college altogether? If so, and UMN's shameful graduation rate suggests as much, then the university and its administration must be held accountable for this disgrace.

Very truly yours,