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  • UF named best college in Florida

    If local University of Florida alumni seem a little puffed up today, blame it on Schools.com. The online educational resource released its rankings of the best four-year colleges and universities in the state on Tuesday, and the Gators came out on top. In addition, the university earned the No. 5 spot on the nationwide list, beating out 1,649 colleges and universities across the country.

    Graduates of the University of West Florida have a lot to be proud of, too. According to the Schools.com ranking, UWF came in fourth, beating out such powerhouses as the University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, and — say it isn’t so, Seminoles — Florida State University, which came it near the bottom of the list in ninth place.

    According to a Schools.com press release, each school was scored on a 100-point scale using the most recent data available from government sources and based on metrics such as tuition and fees, number of degrees and certificates offered, flexibility, student services, student loan rates and rates of student graduation, retention and transfer.
  • Re: My University Treated Me Like a Criminal Over a Joke

    @Snowball City - My view is the professor is an idiot for telling a joke like that in class. It is well known that many professional comedians will not play on college campuses anymore due to the hypersensitivity of today's college students, and any professor that ignores that puts his career at risk.

    I do find it interesting that the one case of a professor being fired is when he makes a culturally intensive joke about Pakistanis. There have been plenty of documented cases of liberal professors making fun of or saying derogatory things about Christians, Republicans or conservatives, but it seems impossible to fire any of them.
  • Re: Liberal arts colleges and majors can lead to good futures

    I would modify your hypothesis a bit. I don't think the take away is that weaker students should avoid those fields at "weak" or non-selective institutions, but that they shouldn't overspend for the degree. It's far better for these students to earn a history degree from an affordable directional public school, than overspend for the same degree at a non-selective private school.

    Or perhaps look at other options. We know someone who completed an ultrasound technician certification as part of a two year AA at a community college. She makes more than an entry-level teacher salary, and has the option of finishing her four degree in the future if she wants to. She also gets to wear scrubs for work.
  • Re: Liberal arts colleges and majors can lead to good futures

    A couple thoughts:

    1 – This issue the OP brings up has been discussed ad-nauseum on CC. Here is a thread that directly touched of the OP’s concerns.


    2 – The viability of developing a career with a humanities degree likely varies directly with the caliber of the school and the student. Humanity grads from the Harvard/Stanford/Chicago class of schools will have no problem finding employment or developing satisfying careers if that is what they want. On the other hand, unless they go into education, humanity graduates from double direction state schools will face stiff challenges with the same task, so kids attending schools on the lower end of the selectivity scale would probably be better off in a pre-professional or technical training program, or no college at all. Parents can decide where their kids and educational institutions fit on the bell curve.

    Recent figures show that more than 30 percent of college graduates are employed in jobs that do not require a college degree, so this miss-allocation of resources is a major societal problem. Personally, I know too many recent graduates who have experienced “failure to launch” or older adults who never used their humanities degrees in the course of their careers (lots of actors).

    3 - The market for college graduates has changed significantly since the 1980’s when less than 20 percent of young adults had college degrees. If you graduated from college back then, career opportunities were readily available. Now about 34 percent of the population aged 25 to 29 have college degrees, so the market is somewhat saturated. Many adults do not realize that yet.
  • Re: Are top LACs considered Equal to Top Universities

    The world may need businessmen, but it also needs poets, artists, and experts in Plato.

    One does not need a college degree to be a poet, artist or expert in Plato.