Archive for June 17, 2013

Colleges Cut Costs with Online Classes and Philosophy Degrees

Written by Kurt. Posted in Online degree in philosophy, Online philosophy degree, Online philosophy masters degree

In the past, people attended colleges for one of two different reasons. On the one hand, many young people attended college because they wanted to learn very specialized skills that they could use to acquire very specialized jobs in very specialized industries. On the other hand, many young people attended college because they wanted to acquire broader critical thinking skills from philosophy degrees that they could parlay into a wide variety of different careers in a wide variety of different industries. In the past, colleges were free or at least very affordable. Many different states in many different countries used tax proceeds to finance many people’s educations because citizens believed that society could not function unless each and every citizen earned a college education. Today, however, many colleges have started to adopt for profit models that businesses and major corporations have applied for the last 100 years to great success. Like these businesses, colleges have started to charge hefty fees for their philosophy degrees and their services; sadly, many of these services have little to do with education (such as philosophy degrees) and more to do with creating beautiful campuses and expensive sports stadiums. In order to finance these expensive renovations to their campuses and their expensive sports stadiums, colleges have started raise tuition and other fees. Furthermore, they have done their best to cut down on the number of full time employees that they need to hire and purchase expensive benefits plans for. Instead of hiring several full time tenure track professors to teach college classes which can be used for philosophy degrees, colleges have started to hire part time adjunct instructors who can teach classes which will apply toward philosophy degrees. These adjuncts who teach classes which can be applied toward philosophy degrees often make about 3000 dollars per class, and they receive few (if any) benefits. In addition to hiring adjuncts instead of full time tenure track professors, many colleges have started to offer an online degree in philosophy. By offering these online philosophy degrees instead of forcing students to enroll in physical classes, schools can cut down on the number of tenure track professors that they need to hire; now, one teacher can teach more than 100 students who are taking classes in order to earn a philosophy degree. They can also cut down on the number of buildings and classrooms that they need to build in order to offer these philosophy degrees. Advocates suggest that online classes are better for students because they allow for greater flexibility as these students try to earn their philosophy degrees. Critics condemn these online classes because they reduce the quality of education and encourage colleges to further devalue college education and philosophy degrees. These critics charge that students are no longer paying for an education which is symbolized by their philosophy degrees. Instead, they are simply paying thousands upon thousands of dollars in tuition for the philosophy degrees themselves. Although the colleges themselves insist that these business models will cut costs and increase profits, critics charge that these short sighted policies will destroy the university system within the next fifty years. Read more blogs like this: