The American Industrial Revolution (AIR) of the 1800’s ushered in the modern era of diverse product creation with a need for educating the public for participation in the growth of our nation's industries. It was paid for by industrial magnates and the government. The process has evolved as follows.
* Pre-AIR: A1 (citizen, potential employee) → C1 (Employer: engages workers and provides job-specific education and training).
* Original AIR engagement: A2 (citizen, student, potential employee) → B1 (participates in industry/government-paid for general education [school name and rankings less important than effectiveness] to meet industry needs) → C1.
* Neo-industrial revolution: A2 → B2 (Colleges & Universities provide consumer fee-based education & training resources) → C2 (Employer: engages only the cost-competitive graduates with the most specific, relevant education, skills, and experience).
Now, most colleges cannot objectively justify their rankings or Return On Investment in them. In spite of which, they preen like peacocks and have shifted most of their costs to the many students and families who are willing to pay. Your outcomes related to attending college, particularly when measured in terms of cost, quality of experience, graduation rates as well as post-graduation placement into jobs and preferred graduate programs is now your risk (not AIR-related manufacturers’ and the governmental risk); worse yet when you consider that for some of you schools make a lot of money on your skills while you are enrolled.
As such, do not approach higher education like a pauper seeking alms. Demand more, work at getting Paid to Go to College and experience Debt Free College at a school that is top tier for you. You can do it. Get this now!