American colleges: A money machine disguised as an education system. Part 1

Professors, facilities, alumni, and prestige give a school the right to charge more or less for their services. Blatant refusal to accept valid transfer credits from qualified institutions is one of the biggest scams going. If they deny you 1 class, that’s $300-$1000 you lose and they make.

Real Life Example:

Another friend had 80 hours of transferable credit, almost all in business related classes. A private school in Florida, who allowed up to 90 hours to be transferred in, would only allow 33 hours to be accepted. Of those, 21 would count towards electives. Financial accounting transferred in as financial accounting, yet microeconomics would be an elective credit and he’d have to retake microeconomics again at the private school for core credit. This same student applied at a 2nd private school (in the same athletic conference, with the same accreditation)  a month later and was approved for all 80 hours and was able to take classes for $150 less per class. That’s 47 more hours  for towards the same degree, and he’s saving another $3,000 in tuition for the final 40 hours.

Faculty and Communication

Many colleges are so large that it is almost impossible to get individual attention regarding questions or issues a student may face in a timely manner. Each counselor may have 100’s or even 1,000’s of students to advise in a given semester. While some schools offer great avenues for help and take advantage of new technology to do so, many continue to be satisfied with the  status quo. Students should not have to wait for hours to see an adviser or register for classes, then be treated as just another sheep in the flock. Colleges sometimes all too often forget that without the students, there’s no money. Luckily for the schools, there seems to be an endless supply of sheep willing to take a gamble on this money machine disguised as an education system.