Families saving for college and encouraging their kids to aim for the top are getting scammed by the left-wing college industrial complex. Colleges distort and outright lie about who gets accepted, education quality, and what it costs. They’d be in jail if they were selling auto loans and used the same deceptive tactics.
Columbia University announced last Wednesday that it is permanently eliminating SAT and ACT test scores as part of the undergraduate admissions process — the first Ivy League school to go permanently test-optional. Columbia issued a slippery statement about making admissions “nuanced” and “respecting varied backgrounds, voices, and experiences.” Truth is, Columbia is ditching merit for diversity. Without admitting it, Columbia has replaced an academic mission — providing a rigorous education to a group of prepared students — with a new one: social engineering.
Expect other colleges to follow. Elon Musk commented Saturday that “very few Americans seem to realize the severity of the situation.”
President Joe Biden made equity the mission of all federal agencies. On March 1, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona blasted the higher education industry’s “unhealthy obsession with selectivity” and urged a focus on “upward mobility.”
That’s politics. But parents making the most significant investment of their lives, except buying a home, ought to know what they’re paying for: a rigorous classroom experience for their youngster or a bit part in a social experiment.
SAT and ACT Tests
Colleges don’t want the public to discern what’s going on, and that’s why they’re railing against U.S. News & World Report rankings, published annually. The rankings factor in, among other things, test scores, graduation rates (after six years), how much debt students have when they leave, class size, and faculty credentials — precisely the facts families need.
Nearly all colleges made SAT and ACT tests optional during the pandemic. And most institutions are sticking with that temporary policy for the current year. Not the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which already reinstated testing. Dean of Admissions Stu Schmill explains that it’s “not all about who comes in the door but also who goes out.” A quarter of students admitted to MIT in the fall of 2020 scored a perfect 800 on the math SAT, and none scored below 700. Schmill recalled that a decade earlier when MIT admitted students with a wider range of scores, fewer made it to graduation.
The American Civil Liberties Union slams ACT and SAT tests as “unjustifiable barriers for historically underrepresented students of color.” The issue is more complicated. The tests are screened to prevent bias. But high schools in areas serving Black and Hispanic students tend to be lower quality and offer fewer advanced placement courses, leaving students unprepared.
Sadly, most colleges are more interested in being politically correct than ensuring their student body can do the work.
Race in Admissions
They’re also apprehensive about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, due in June, that is expected to curtail or outlaw considering race in admissions. In lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, test scores were used to show how these universities rejected high-scoring Asian and white applicants to promote diversity. After the June ruling, many institutions will likely eliminate testing to get rid of any evidence of racial favoritism. Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law predicts that institutions will find ways to prefer minorities “that can’t be documented as violating the Constitution.”
A majority of Americans consider it wrong to favor any racial group in admissions. But right versus wrong be damned. The left-wing higher education establishment will likely find ways to do it and worse, cover it up.
Race isn’t the only thing colleges lie about.
The U.S. Education Department’s College Scoreboard lists colleges’ graduation rates. But check the fine print. Graduation is defined as earning a diploma within eight years. Who has time or money for that?
A staggering 91% of colleges misrepresent their costs, according to a Government Accountability Office investigation.
Columbia confessed it falsified class sizes and faculty credentials to U.S. News & World Report.
Despite nonstop virtue signaling, the higher education establishment is anything but virtuous. Americans need to stand up to these liars.
Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. Follow her on Twitter @Betsy_McCaughey. To learn more about Betsy McCaughey and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website.
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It was called Afirmative Action back in the 70’s 80’s. I is a college grad that experienced it after looking for work and seeing mostly non-white finding it with California and Federal government employment. Last straw was a red haired Irish friend of mine change his name to Valdez and landing full time job with the state. I became a construction laborer and carpenter while studying on my own to become a radio tech and supervisor. That college degree did not help at all.
These policies are “dumbing down” the most intelligent students so all students can get a “degree”. This certainly will not help America compete in the years ahead with the rest of the world.
Results are all around us
The trend is for colleges and universities to only see students as a source of money and a fertile field for growing more leftists. Whether they really learn anything useful or even graduate doesn’t matter to them which is why they don’t care about high SAT or ACT scores which are a predictor of how prepared one is for higher education.
Just what we all need. Affirmative Action doctors and scientists!
Jackass Joe Biden is making a college degree just another worthless piece of paper! . . . After all, his degree is just that and he became “President”!
Universities and colleges have become a haven for those who claim to teach but actually don’t. They demand and receive high salaries for doing nothing academically. They are a huge reason for the high cost of education. Publish or perish is no longer their slogan. Greed is. FIRE THEM. Higher education is supposed to be a learning experience, a time of exploration and a time to practice beliefs. Universities/colleges are now money making machines, going with the popular thought so they can continue to exist. They were established and funded by those who believed in God and learning. If firing the nonteachers can’t be done (tenure) my suggestion is quit sending donations to support them. I did. I also quit sending donations to PBS when their liberalism was overwhelming all they do. It’s a small task but effective. I know because they keep sending me requests for money. Maybe that’s what we can do. Stop giving money to these liberal organizations and look in our own community for opportunities to give … food banks?
It’s more than mere greed. It’s an evil agenda intended to turn America communist and perverted. . . , or worse. Evil it is.
We live in 1984,
Let’s add the corporate medical industrial complex to the list of industrial complexes. Yesterday I had a PET scan and if it weren’t for Medicare it would have cost $6,853. The procedure took grand total of 12 minutes. Eisenhower must be spinning in his grave.
Chances are, most people under 50 would not get the reference to Eisenhower. The state of education has deteriorated, such.
Hmmm. I t hink the programs that use Federal loans to students is more of a “windfall” to the Colleges than it is the actual students using Federal loans. It becomes patently obvious that the intention of Federal Student loans is intended to sub rosa support the Academic Institutions than the students who wind up paying the bill. In truth Federal Student Loans is as much or more a promotion to benefit the Educational Institutions than the Students. And one can wonder if that affects the political position of the Academic Institutions???? One can speculate if Student Loans serve the DemocRat Commie political goals and endears Academic Institutions to sway to the DemocRat side of issues??????
DEPORT ALL liberals, illegals AND THE ONCE HONORABLE,, fbi, STAT, TO MAGA
My son’s 4-year education at Savanna actually cost five times what my home cost. He’ll be paying for the rest of his life, and he couldn’t find a job in his field that paid enough to make it practical to relocate. He’s now working a job that requires only a high school diploma.
This woke liberal socialist democ RAT garbage will last as long as a”pissant”in a volcano.These anti AMERICANS that support this bull exhaust really do have a mental deficiency.AMERICA is AMERICA,get over it.
Anyone going to college is a foo, unless it is an Evangelical Christian College.They will all be brainwashed with Wokism, Critical Race BS, and Identity lies
Don’t waste your money teach them conservative principles so we can continue this fight to take back America from the Marxist Demonrats that are in charge now!!!!!!!
ALL libs = CANCER AND ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR NATION
Hillsdale Collage provides a great, non-woke education.
Unfortunately, too many Christian colleges are going woke. Beware. Go online but go to the campus also.
Universities are nothing more than paid military schools to indoctrinate your kids into the WEF school of global learning.
Brainwashing with a high price tag where the parents pay for. Our country is being destroyed from within. And the people are doing itself. The vaccin to kill us the education to brainwash us.
The fanatic insistence on college degrees is a leftover from the depression. The way up back then was to get into college and graduate. It didnt hurt that the degree and the white collar job that resulted could provide entre into the middle and upper middle class for the kids of immigrants whose dads got dirty at work in mills and mines. I suspect class anxiety still plays a role in parents being willing to shell out crazy money for degrees for which there are no jobs.
HIt those libs with your Id …
Whats needed is to toss out to toss out gramker and high schools ,then start over. Lower schools the basic 3 r’s. Mid high school how to live in todays world. How to buy a car, borrow money for a home, maintaince on it and etc. Todays kids go in it blind. Trade schools are a better option than college. If you got a olumbing leak,who you gonna call , a computer geek. ??? Kyle L.
It’s a bit like the kids sports. Just show up and you get a medal. Thinking down chain, what incentive does a high schooler have to work hard if in the end they find themselves with the kids who just partied through high school in the same college class? And as noted below, why aren’t they talking to kids about tech or 2 year colleges. A friend went to school for auto repair, and now makes north of $100,000 a year. Compare that to the college grad who’s making $50,000 and owes a ton of debt. Or, worse yet, the 57% that have the party, have debt, but DO NOT graduate and work at a $28,000 a year job. Our kids were able to attend private colleges and get a great education by working hard in high school, doing well on their entrance exams, and receiving grants that made the cost about the same as the lousy public colleges.
You are so right about two year colleges and high paying jobs. My son loves to work on cars. Always has. Used to build remote controlled cars from scratch when he was in middle school. When he started high school we talked about what he should do when he graduated. He thought maybe computers. I told him to consider doing something he really liked as he would be doing for the rest of his life. He loved working on cars so much, that he went to the local community college and was able to get a degree in automotive technology. He has been working at the same dealership for over 20 years, and provides a very nice six figure income for his family. They own a lovely home, they vacation every year, and have very healthy 401K for retirement. All of this and zero school debt. If the Ivy League schools aren’t doing their jobs, there are other options.
The commie/marxist/anti-American “woke” traitors are social engineering our youth, via indoctrination public schools.
No longer educating, now it’s indoctrinating our youth into stupid, depraved, pukeified useful idiots. Can’t do it without the MSM, 95+% owned by insane, evil Commie/Globalist traitors using their lying propaganda spewing “talent” to deliberately, and with extreme malice, indoctrinate viewers/readers. It’s the dumbing down of America, and now warp speed creep of Marxism, with the outcome of totalitarian tyranny for anyone not in the traitor’s club.
For anyone not understanding how we are almost there: Totalitarian states included complete control of the media, centralized power, strict cultural rules, limited individual freedoms, planned economies, and mass propaganda.
2 + 2 = 4 is objective education. 2 + 2 = 5 is subjective indoctrination. That’s all you need to know to understand what’s going on, and it’s going to end up killing us as a nation!
Send your kids to trade schools or get them into union apprenticeship programs!
It costs little & the payback is awesome! Your kids just might make more than you after 4-5 years in either of these programs!
Unions are just another form of indoctrination, not as blatant as colleges but indoctrination the same. When was the last time you saw a union back a Republican? They are all pro-democrat Marxist liberal. Individually union members may claim to be conservative but it makes no difference the unions are nothing but an Unholy money laundering scheme for democrats. So if you’re paying dues you might as well just give part of your money to the Democrats
You are right about union leadership. But many union members have more common sense than you think, and the only way to change is through participation. Private unions have a chance because of members that have real life experience. Public Unions are a different story.
Why bother Just give everyone piece of worthless piece of paper stating the holder graduated with honors a nd be done with the farce Oh I forgot mega bucks to colleges and tenures of all the professors Am talking of those who graduate from courses that leave them unemployable
If colleges want us to pay off student loans then we get to decide college pay and costs.
I demand an immediate cut of 60% for all employee paid of all colleges that want student loans cancelled.
I want a 70% cut in extra curricular activities.
I want a 100% cut in all degrees that have a history of less then 60% graduates finding jobs in the field following graduation.
reduce cost first then ask for help