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The Gospel of Magnum PR: My Ideas on College Reforms

November 27, 2015

I’ve wanted to babble on about this for a while now. I feel that the current college system is bloated, doesn’t really help anybody progress in their careers or improve their lives. The current process feels like an extension of high school. These are just a few of my ideas on how to improve and overhaul the college system. Probably will never happen, but it’s a nice thought nonetheless.

  1. College tuition will be free for in-state residents as long as they either have a 3.00/8.00 GPA in high school, “B” score on either the ACT or SAT, or pass an assessment skills test and evaluation to qualify for paid tuition. Those that wish to go either a private school or an out-of-state school will pay out of their pockets or through scholarships, loans, work study, etc. The paid tuition shall only cover the 1st Bachelor’s Degree. For schooling regarding graduate school, medical school, or any other form of education beyond undergraduate school, paid tuition will be provided with proper documentation and certifications. If one drops out, cheats, or flunks out, they’re no longer entitled to paid tuition.
  2. Public higher education institutions shall be scaled back to reflect the land size, population, and population density for each state. The main/central campus shall be located at the state capital. The number of satellite campuses will depend on the prior data mentioned earlier. Any campuses in foreign countries will be subject to not only the Department of Education, but the Department of State as well.
  3. For student athletic programs, they will be funded to run essential and adequate operations as well as a minimum wage pay for all student athletes. Cooperation with professional sports leagues will be encouraged to start a proper farming system to allow certain student athletes to pursue a career in professional sports. Booster programs will continue but are required to make their donations public. Student athletes will have the option to either accept a full scholarship will minimum wage pay or a 100,000 annual salary with full benefits plus required courses in situational awareness, time management, public speaking, or finance management.
  4. For room and board, the student is financially responsible for it. However, price ceilings and regulation on new book editions will be enforced and heavily regulated to ensure affordable books for students. The student no longer is required to reside on-campus for their first and second years.
  5. Student loans, work study programs, and scholarships will not be discontinued and is strongly encouraged. High scores on the ACT and SATs will qualify students to have their room and board paid for, but must maintain a 3.5-4 GPA to retain it. Student loans must have a low interest rate, and a locked repayment period to make it easier for students to pay them off. Students are entitled to a 5-year grace period for loan payments or they are able to find a job in their career field based on their degree. However, loan companies can deny the 5-year grace period based on the certain type of degree the student has.
  6. Because public colleges are reliant on taxpayer funds from state and federal governments, they shall be required to disclose all financial information, which also includes the various third-party and private donations they received. In addition, because they are taking taxpayer funds, they must disclose the state of their campuses, including statistics on protests, sexual assaults, other crimes, etc.
  7. All faculty and staff will be stripped of their tenure privileges. Their employment status in addition to increases in pay and possible promotions will be dependent on a performance-based evaluation system.
  8. Equal opportunity laws and constitutional rights shall not be violated and strictly enforced. Should any faculty and/or staff commits these violations, they are to suspension or termination, pending on multiple offenses or the severity of the violation. This will extend to any students and student organizations residing on-campus.
  9. Finally, regarding course curriculums, general education courses will be scrapped. Theoretically, all students should have received their G.E. courses in high school. If a student wishes to take general education courses, they will not quality for paid tuition. All Major/Minor plans should consist of basic departmental courses, majors’ classes, and adequate real-word training through internships or on-the-job training.

That’s all I got for now. Thanks for reading!

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