A study scheduled for release Monday about the value of a college education, at least when it comes to the basics, has found the opposite to be true in most cases. Forget Harvard and think Lamar.
Indeed, the Texas university, where tuition runs about $7,000 per year (Harvard’s is $38,000) earns an A to Harvard’s D based on an analysis of the universities’ commitment to core subjects deemed essential to a well-rounded, competitive education.
In other words, Lamar requires courses that Harvard apparently considers of lesser value. These include six of the seven subject areas used in the study to gauge an institution’s commitment to general education: composition, literature, foreign language at the intermediate level, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics, and natural or physical science.
This is amazing. So why do Ivy Leaguers dominate our government? It’s simple: in politics, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, and the who you know starts with who you go to university with. And that, in no small measure, explains the quality of our government…
I’d like to note two institutions that made the list of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) “A” list:
- Texas A&M University, my own alma mater. My decision to pass up the Ivy League for it is documented in my piece It’s Not What School You Went To, It’s the Kind of Person You Are.
- Lamar University, mentioned above, is the home of the Kairosingers, an excellent group whose album I host for download in one of my music pages. One of the performers was Charlie Balsam, now Director of the Jason’s Deli Leadership Institute.