Those Worthless Degrees
A university in San Diego decided that it would no longer offer a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, but in the same breath CREATED a new full time position of "vice chancellor for equality, diversity, and inclusion."
…This is the modern university in a nutshell. You can get a fancy degree with minimal effort and all the way you will be followed by the dumbest, slowest and worst students, as they too are given the"equal opportunity" to get a fancy degree.
There is a scam here: prices increase as more and more people earn degrees, so they are not as rare, and therefore not worth as much. Thus, the only option is to use college degrees as a proxy for intelligence, which only inflates the demand for degrees, which again inflates the cost of them.
There was always a difference between university and college. A college education is supposed to give you valuable job skills, and those skills are supposed to land you a job. A university education is supposed to educate you—to improve your knowledge, and, in an ideal setting, to improve the world’s knowledge. Colleges are merely training institutions. University’s were founded on the ideals of the academy in ancient Greece and weren’t necessarily designed to be human factories churning out workers for the world.
The problem now is the assumption that the degree ITSELF means anything at all. University bosses have an interest in selling as many degrees as possible, so their marketing machine tells people that it really does mean something.
The original concept behind public universities was that educating those who showed potential and ability would allow them to become more economically productive members of society, as well as better citizens. However, the emphasis on social engineering, both in terms of admissions as well as curriculum, means that instead of taking the best and brightest, and offering coursework that is academically rigorous and geared towards the genuine economic needs (mathematics, sciences, medicine, agriculture, engineering), instead they are accepting a bunch of mediocre performers in the name of "diversity," then tracking them through fluff courses (ethnic studies, mass communications, sociology) that emphasize politically correct indoctrination over actually learning something useful. Therefore, we have a whole bunch of graduates whose minds are full of the fashionable social theories of the moment, and nothing of substance. These empty minds can’t find much better than menial employment, and can barely pay back their own student loans, much less pay enough in taxes to compensate the state for their own education.