Provost Meet Blender

2014 May 28
by drdog09

WASHINGTON — The college presidents were appalled. Not only had President Obama called for a government rating system for their schools, but now one of his top education officials was actually suggesting it would be as easy as evaluating a kitchen appliance.

“It’s like rating a blender,” Jamienne Studley, a deputy under secretary at the Education Department, said to the college presidents after a meeting in the department’s Washington headquarters in November, according to several who were present. “This is not so hard to get your mind around.”


Sure Jamienne its just that easy. Heck we can just run them all thru Consumer Reports test lab and be done with it! Not. Not that I am opposed to the idea in principle. But the government doing it? Well I expect results similar to the Treasury running around doing bank stress tests, declaring them healthy, only to see half of those tested in 2008 collapse into bankruptcy. On the other side according to the article the higher ed mucky mucks are scared to death of the idea. That right there tells me they don’t want their cozy little apple cart inspected let alone rated. —

  • Educational institutions seldom eat their own dog food. Seldom do schools institute the very business practices that they preach
  • Higher ed costs are not going up because of teacher pay. Fact most teachers are now adjuncts, rarely is Johnny or Jane taught by a full professor anymore. No those costs are going up for all the Deans of `lifestyle choices` peppering the landscape. Have a woman studies on campus? You have a dean pulling down mid six figures running it.
  • Schools still taut their libraries as stores of knowledge. My response — “How quaint. Digitize it all and turn the rest into a data center.”
  • Four year degree? Think again. Many are now taking five to six years to complete. Is the student stupid? Sometimes, but generally it is because there are one or two choke points in the CV that only one professor is slated to teach that course and of course he/she is on sabatical for the next six months.
  • Admittance standards are a joke. I won’t proceed further other than to tell you to google Univ of Texas law school scandal.

There is only one group that can save higher education — parents. They still foot all or part of the bill that holds these institutions up. Not only that but it is probably the third highest expenditure they will ever fund after buying a home and raising their budding whatever. Why they have not formed a parents union to mandate changes is beyond me. Especially right now where they have the economic upper hand.

43 Responses leave one →
  1. 2014 May 28 7:20 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog: “Educational institutions seldom eat their own dog food.”

    Using your mention of “dog food” as a segue …Pavlov comes to mind!

    And comes to mind in re. your note that: “There is only one group that can save higher education — parents. “

    Parents have been conditioned starting in the 1960s that their children MUST attend college!!! Regardless of whether the children have ANY idea what they intend to DO with whatever education they get they MUST attend college!!!

    Despite all evidence that these most college degrees are WORTHLESS, the children MUST attend college!!!

    Despite overwhelming evidence that most colleges/universities no longer teach THINKING, but instead practice INDOCTRINATION, the children MUST attend college!!!

    Despite the fact that the cost of college has gone up DRAMATICALLY more than the cost of anything else in the past 30 years…yet the returns on the investment have gone DOWN, the children MUST attend college!!!

    Parents CAN save “higher education”…by first SAVING THEMSELVES!

  2. 2014 May 28 7:37 am
    drdog09 permalink

  3. 2014 May 28 7:46 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Don’t disagree with your pictorial. But the question is, parents —

    * Dicker for the best real estate deal.
    * Haggle over car deals.

    But they won’t do so over college.

  4. 2014 May 28 8:32 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog, your comment #3 states succinctly what I was long-windedly saying in mine! 🙂

    The Pavlovian conditioning done on our national psyche was that COLLEGE in and of itself, was T-H-E boost every child needed to succeed in life!

    I have heard more times than I can possible count people say: “I want my child to have the ‘College Experience'”. WTF????

    As you note in #3…the parent should be looking at the VALUE of the college relative to the cost (i.e., the ROI)…the ROI of the major as well!

    Any parent allows their child to go to college to “study” LGBT (regardless of who pays the cost) should be JAILED!!!

  5. 2014 May 28 8:49 am

    Make me the the master of education, and I will undertake to change the world.
    — Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz

  6. 2014 May 28 8:51 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #2

    When immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and Jamaica outnumber immigrants from all of Europe, you have a problem. I won’t even touch Mexico. Import enough third world people and pretty soon you have a third world country.

  7. 2014 May 28 8:56 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #4 –

    So many liberal arts majors are working retail or waiting table, but then what else are liberal arts majors trained to do?

    My daughter starts senior year as an elementary education major, which is what she has wanted to do since she was in elementary school. If she didn’t have very good connections in one of the largest Detroit-area suburban districts, I would be worried.

  8. 2014 May 28 9:01 am

    “So many liberal arts majors are working retail or waiting table, but then what else are liberal arts majors trained to do?”

    Vote demokrat

  9. 2014 May 28 9:02 am

    “Import enough third world people and pretty soon you have a third world country.”

    Which boggles the mind as to what the GOP is thinking. Self immolation has always been a republican trait it seems.

  10. 2014 May 28 9:09 am

    A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.

    — John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

  11. 2014 May 28 9:20 am
    bc3b permalink

    ip727 –

    “Import enough third world people and pretty soon you have a third world country.”

    Which boggles the mind as to what the GOP is thinking. Self immolation has always been a republican trait it seems.

    Trying to become a stronger country by importing other countries’ rejects (the uneducated and unskilled) is like trying to build a championship NFL team with 130 pound men who have no athletic ability.

    Immigrants from a century ago had numerous talents that they wanted to put to use. Many of today’s immigrants are looking for a handout.

  12. 2014 May 28 9:26 am

    Meet your average double talking forked tonged fraud

  13. 2014 May 28 9:27 am

    post 11

    How many landscapers and chicken pluckers do we need?

  14. 2014 May 28 10:26 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Apparently not many very soon. The Japanese have developed an robotic chicken plucker.

  15. 2014 May 28 12:52 pm


  16. 2014 May 28 1:06 pm

    the Manchurian prez

    Muzzichurian candidate is what he am,
    While spreading bulls–t he’s happy as a clam,
    A pied piper of the great unwashed,
    Independent thinking he has quashed,
    Obammer he be da man.

  17. 2014 May 28 2:02 pm

    Inside the Ring: Directive outlines Obama’s policy to use the military against citizens

  18. 2014 May 28 2:19 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    This was issued in 2010 by the Oministration —

    The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority for the use of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, in operations against domestic unrest.

    “This appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision to use force within the United States against its citizens,” said a defense official opposed to the directive.

    Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” was issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders “are provided emergency authority under this directive.”

    “Federal military forces shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the president in accordance with applicable law or permitted under emergency authority,” the directive states.

    Read more:

    Are we there yet?

    Dang KH beat me to it….. 🙁

  19. 2014 May 28 2:39 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    A very interesting article — — Hitler almost wasn’t, at least in the annals of history.

  20. 2014 May 28 3:07 pm

    I noticed Bitterlaw stopped by yesterday to hurl a few insults. He’s actually kind of funny for a scribe.

    So I visited the home of the Washington Generals biggest cheerleaders, HHR, but he was not active. Can’t wait to say hi. Those guys are all eager to kick the football Nancy is holding once again!

  21. 2014 May 28 3:52 pm
    bc3b permalink

    How different is the NBA profiting from players any different than the NFL, NHL or MLB profiting from players other than the NBA is well over 70% black. No one is forcing any professional athlete to play to play for millions annually.

    Melissa Harris-Perry has to be affirmative action because she is so f#cking stupid.

  22. 2014 May 28 4:25 pm
    Bitterlaw permalink

    Come on over, Islanders. We have discussions, not echoes. You may be asked to explain why sitting out or voting third-party and thereby electing Democrats is a good strategy to advance conservative ideas.

  23. 2014 May 28 4:35 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Why I will be voting 3rd party.

  24. 2014 May 28 4:46 pm
    justrand permalink

  25. 2014 May 28 4:54 pm
    justrand permalink

    Bitterlaw…I post numerous places, under a couple handles. So what?

    BJG serves as an excellent linkage to lots of sites, and I and others here “cross-pollinate” ideas and links across them.

    Our posts here tend to have a good deal of analysis on top of the links we share…or are 100% original.

    Got it?

  26. 2014 May 28 4:55 pm

    Another decent ruling.

    Looks like TrueCrypt has pulled a Lavabit, shutting down instead of complying, or shutting down prior to actually complying.

    It’s the explanation that makes the most sense to me, the NSA finally found a way to serve these guys with a gagging NSL asking for their driver and installer signing keys… (so NSA can make and sign their own hijacked versions) and since they can’t actually say anything about it they’ve effectively pulled the 7.1a code and thrown out this 7.2 version along with this very odd messaging to effectively get the message out without actually saying anything. There are certainly other explanations but they don’t really fit the haphazard nature and odd messaging and timing.
    Personally I’m hanging on to 7.1a for awhile till the dust settles.

  27. 2014 May 28 5:01 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Another widely cited source for the consensus view is a 2009 article in “Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union” by Maggie Kendall Zimmerman, a student at the University of Illinois, and her master’s thesis adviser Peter Doran. It reported the results of a two-question online survey of selected scientists. Mr. Doran and Ms. Zimmerman claimed “97 percent of climate scientists agree” that global temperatures have risen and that humans are a significant contributing factor.

    The survey’s questions don’t reveal much of interest. Most scientists who are skeptical of catastrophic global warming nevertheless would answer “yes” to both questions. The survey was silent on whether the human impact is large enough to constitute a problem. Nor did it include solar scientists, space scientists, cosmologists, physicists, meteorologists or astronomers, who are the scientists most likely to be aware of natural causes of climate change.

    The “97 percent” figure in the Zimmerman/Doran survey represents the views of only 79 respondents who listed climate science as an area of expertise and said they published more than half of their recent peer-reviewed papers on climate change. Seventy-nine scientists—of the 3,146 who responded to the survey—does not a consensus make.”

  28. 2014 May 28 5:03 pm
    Bitterlaw permalink

    Pat Dollard and Wylie E. Coyote (which should be Wile E. Coyote) provide good analysis? Seriously? Dollard is a conspiracy nut and WEC is a Paulbot.

  29. 2014 May 28 5:04 pm

    21 – You’re assuming that’s actually who was posting, that can be a mistake.

  30. 2014 May 28 5:13 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #30 Are you freaking 12 years old or just a plain old retard?

    Grow up and get a life loser

  31. 2014 May 28 6:10 pm
    Bitterlaw permalink

    A crazed Paulbot named for a cartoon character is calling me out?

    By the way, bruce is man for visiting HHR. The rest of you? Echooo Echoooo Echoooo

  32. 2014 May 28 6:20 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #33 Ohhhhhh the retarded ramblings of a childish dimwit mean so much to me lol


    For two days you have done nothing but come on here and spout lame RNC/DNC/MSM establishment talking points about how we should continue along the same Statist path…..

    Working real f&cking well pal…….as evidenced by the 5% approval rating for your RINO-led Congress…..

    Keep writing the checks to the RNC like a good brain-dead zombie….jerk

  33. 2014 May 28 6:24 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Hey a great “victory” for “compromise” with socialist statism! This is important because it will help “team red” governor get reelected! Cause getting more folks on our team elected is really important……even if it means that the socialist police state keeps expanding and more peoples lives & futures get snuffed out!

    ” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday to raise the state’s minimum wage by 25 percent gradually over the next four years to $9.25 an hour…

    As bad as that is, it’s actually shy of what the economically illiterate hordes wanted:

    The House and Senate passed the bill Tuesday, one day before a group of labor and community organizers planned to submit hundreds of thousands of petition signatures calling for a Michigan ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour…The current hourly minimum wage is $7.40.

    Obviously, in Michigan, the blind are leading the blind.

    For those who have a desire to see, the first thing to understand is this: The minimum wage only outlaws jobs. It creates nothing. It only destroys what could have been.

    Abolishing the minimum wage would create jobs at every price level ($9, $8, $7…all the way down until everyone who desires a job is employed. Markets clear.

    Yet all of those potential win-win-win situations (i.e., for laborers, entrepreneurs, and consumers) have been snuffed out.

    The low-skilled in Michigan are getting a baseball bat to the knees, courtesy of their government and “community organizing” hordes.”

  34. 2014 May 28 6:31 pm
    Bitterlaw permalink

    You talk a big game, WEC. What have you actually done but type? Keep working to elect Democrats and Deadenders, WEC. That really worked out with Senators Buck, Akin, O’Donnell and Miller. Oh, wait. They didn’t get elected.

  35. 2014 May 28 6:32 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Here are the regulars from HHR.

  36. 2014 May 28 6:32 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Melissa Harris-Perry has to be affirmative action because she is so f#cking stupid. — BC

    Dang, I didn’t think it was that obvious.

  37. 2014 May 28 6:38 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Very good GN, very good.

  38. 2014 May 28 6:48 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Seems funny, always a spot light on Tea Party losers. Nary a peep for RINOs like Berg, Mandel, Smith, Thompson losing. In 2012 I would say the RINOs gave no better account.

    Political insanity is the thought of voting for the same thing over and over and expecting the results to change.

    I would also point out that Teas swept the boards pretty well here in Texas in the primaries. Like why didn’t Dewhurst the RINO chosen one win??

  39. 2014 May 28 6:56 pm
    Bitterlaw permalink

    What is Tea Party anymore? It started out opposing taxes, spending, and Obamacare. By 2014, some groups and candidates think it should be about social issues and defeating alleged RINOs more than beating Democrats. I have voted straight R since 1986.

  40. 2014 May 28 7:08 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    So I guest you will donate to Cantor then?

  41. 2014 May 28 7:18 pm
    Bitterlaw permalink

    No. I would never donate to anybody outside my district. Will you donate to Cantor’s Democrat opponent to send a message?

  42. 2014 May 30 5:33 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #36 Hey that’s really an “original” take……haven’t heard that line from the party hacks before lol

    And you moan about “echos”?

    You can’t even get an new thought but ape tired political hack talking points…..

    Yeah them good ole statist politicans you back have done a whole heck of a lot to protect our Liberty, peace & prosperity……..NOT

    Eat my arse hole moronic loser

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