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Invisible Hand Seen Sticking Out of Grave
March 23, 2010 Education

But looters do their best to bury it again. Remember the problem with public schools cutting down programs that are in high demand? Well, it seems that an opportunity to serve students who need and want these programs has been taken:

Months after purchasing the Penn Foster Education Group, a for-profit career training provider, the Princeton Review is entering the distance education market by teaming up with community colleges to offer fast-track allied health-care programs to students who are willing to pay higher tuition to bypass long waiting lists. While the college pioneering the system sees the move as providing an important new option, some faculty members are calling the idea a cash grab that taints the traditional community college commitment to equity.

Tainting a college’s commitment to equity? You mean you are utterly incapable of providing services at any price, and your solution is to keep everyone equally miserable? Gosh, and I though Ayn Rand’s villains were mild exaggerations.

The Princeton Review will pilot this new public-private initiative at Bristol Community College, in southeastern Massachusetts. By this fall, the partnership will expand the enrollment capacity of the community college’s general health science; medical information and coding; and massage therapy programs. Eventually, it will expand to offer further space in the college’s nursing and radiologic technology programs.

The programs offered will primarily be online, but the Princeton Review will also provide a new space near the college for students to take lab and in-person supplements to their courses. The program will use Bristol’s accreditation and instructors. Other than the fact that these programs are being offered online, the only difference between these programs and Bristol’s current allied health care programs – which the college will maintain with waiting lists – is that students who wish to take the programs sponsored by the Princeton Review will have to pay more in tuition.

Get the government out of the schooling business. I wonder what else faculty members think is a trashing of a commitment to equity? Is allowing the college to pay the faculty more than the janitorial staff a violation of that commitment? What about letting faculty pay more to get better parking spaces?

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