Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Education as Consumption

The business model of higher education which conceives of education as being a consumer good like any other has been criticized on many grounds: it trivializes education overall, it reduces emphasis on humanities and sciences, it drives up grades and drives down rigor, and it inflates tuition costs.

Blind to these criticisms--and to subtlety--my university just introduced a course registration system which asks students to put the courses that they would like to take into their "enrollment shopping cart."


Jason Hills said...


Good luck with that.

Thomas Watson said...

Most people view education as an investment. Higher education level usually will provide higher future income and at the same time providing higher levels of future consumption.