Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Most collision mixes on the radio didn’t achieve much more than some forgettable laughs. But this one might just offer more.
I agree 100% with your thesis. In a normal world those first-in-immigrant-family students will go on to earn a college degree and raise kids who can to to more selective universities. A generation or three later and you have me.
What I'm not sure of is whether our world is still normal. It seems OK for professions like engineering, but less so for middle management.
What I do not understand at all is what happened to the minorities who went to college 30 or 40 years ago. Has a sociologist looked at this? Maybe their children did make the jump (that is the case for black professionals I know) but the group was not big enough to notice. That is the sort of analysis that I found lacking in that story.
Vassar is, apparently, the rock star.
This assumes that the only benefit of going to college comes from learning. To be successful, it really helps to surround yourself with other successful people. The student in my CC math class who hears "Oh my gosh that's hard!" when I introduce a topic is getting a very different education than the one whose peers buckle down and just solve the problem.
Carnevale makes this point in the paper. He mentions that well-educated people of color are more likely to return to neighborhoods of similar color. These tend to be poorer neighborhoods, which depress the educations of their kids.
So yeah, it does help to pull them out of their communities.
I agree with many things Dean Dad has written over the years. I've also learned to spot a category error at a thousand paces and the right way to run a meeting. Both are relevant at this time of the academic year.
Two things that I'd like to see him write about as a warmup to fall are
1) Are students customers and, in particular, should a Dean assume they are always right? What do the local employers he talks to think of this question?
2) Although Learning Outcomes and their Assessment have been imposed externally for various political reasons, where have they improved programs at his college or ones you might have visited?