Higher Ed and Employment

Having read this article  makes me realize why I dropped out of college. I spent two years of doing what the university told me I had to do and what was best for me and it wasn’t. The requirements to get into the classes you wanted are just employment for teachers – teachers that aren’t needed but guarantee university budgets.

Much as been made of the military-industrial complex but no one talks about the education complex and it’s self-interest and self-perpetuating practices that cause people to drop out because the university insists you take classes where you just spin your wheels, like English 101 or lectures that offer nothing but rote instruction and lose interest. 

Public universities whine about budget cuts when they should be eliminating useless classes and redundant teachers. 

My great regret about the great recession is it was the last chance for 50 years to reform the education system and all people did was hunker down and doge rather then comforting the problem. Teachers say, “it’s for the kids” when it’s all about the teachers and their careers. It is not education that is scared, it’s the jobs.And it’s not like teachers can’t find other teaching jobs – there are plenty available. It’s about giving up a cushy job.

And ask a teacher about budget cuts and they will say cut someone else’s budget. Budgets for the poor, the homeless, the hungry? Teachers don’t care as long as they don’t suffer. NIMBY has become NIMBI (not in my best interest)

This is a fast paced world and universities need to pick up the pace.

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Why the College Football Playoffs have a problem

“A team’s strength of schedule will be one of the most pertinent considerations for the committee in making its selections. Other factors that the committee will weigh are conference championships, team records, and head-to-head results, plus other points such as injuries and weather. Unlike the BCS system, the AP Poll, Coaches’ Poll, Harris Poll, and computer rankings will not be used to make the selections. Advanced statistics and metrics from ESPN are expected to be submitted to the committee, though like other analytics, they will have no formal role in the decision. Committee members will not be required to attend games.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_Football_Playoff

This is what I don’t like about the CFP – only four teams go to the semi-finals, whereas with college basketball, it starts with 32 teams. 32 is untenable for a college football playoff, but it should be at least the top 10 or else the the rankings mean nothing. 

And as for the 25 teams ranked by the CFP, is it me or does it seem odd? My team is Az St and they are doing better then the AP poll lists them, but still, for accurate and unbiased (mostly) rankings, I trust the AP poll – consider the failure to include Colorado St or Marshall, respectively 9-1 and 9-0. There is a  bias in the CFP poll for PAC12, Big12, SEC, Big10 and ACC

Perhaps it’s time to have a Div One only ranking that is only the top 10 and each of the other divisions get their own ranking, and hopefully, a playoff that they are currently locked out of.

As for Div One playoffs, I can imagine the first question – 5 sets of teams playing on separate weekends and after innumerable weekends, the playoffs, like the NFL?

I’d say no to weekends only, there is more then two days to the week. Both college and pro play during the week, why not weekends? The main reason is money – better ratings on weekends, but there is no practical reason otherwise. The one adjustment would be the top 12 college teams to have the right number for a final instead of some weird round-robin playoff.

Playoffs are suppose to add meaning to the season, not detract from it. The CFP is supposedly breaking from tradition, which seems to be mean breaking the whole tradition without giving new value. Why not set a new tradition that adds value to the whole college football tradition? 

I know there is a lot left out here and some seems harebrained, but if something is to be fixed, fix all of it

College sports and the NCAA

Today the NLRB regional director ruled that college athletes at Northwestern could organize into a union to pursue a cut of the money that is college sports. Understandably, the NCAA is unhappy . . . . because those big paychecks they get are in jeopardy. For far too long college sports have been, in part, a farm club for all but baseball, and a plantation system to gaining riches on the backs of the athletes.

Think about it . . . . a student takes any sort of reward and that student is punished with the loss of position and/or scholarship. But the NCAA and the school reap untold profits in what would be, in the business world, a monopoly. And the students, if they want to play have to go along – they even have no rights to their own image ever again for their college years.

The coach at Northwestern defended the system by pointing out they care about the athlete as a student and want them to graduate. But if a student on scholarship gets cut from the team, they lose that scholarship. If the coach doesn’t deliver a winning team, he loses his job. The program is not about graduating students, it’s about attracting the best players and having a winning program to make as much money as possible.

The NCAA has a basic conflict of interest. It’s suppose to be the regulatory body of sports, but they are making a ton of money by selling the media rights to games. Their interest has become maintain the cash cow, not do what is best for the athletes. The NCAA works hand in glove with schools to maintain this system.

And to put a fine point on it, the prime tool the NCAA has to punish schools is limiting the number of scholarships a school is allowed. Too few scholarships and a school can’t attract good players, the school doesn’t make the money the subsidize the school and the coach and the athletic director will need to fine new jobs. It’s about the money thru and thru.

It’s time this system ended and schools organized their own business functions like pro sports do, the NCAA goes back to being an honest broker and the athletes get a cut of the money that they generate for the school along with having endorsement deals.