Let's put "College" on a scale shall we- Is it more of a 'learning institution' or a 'business'?

I would love to hear some of your thoughts on this topic.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Even non-profit organizations which help the homeless, or the elderly, or others similarly in need, must think and behave like a business -- with the coldness and callousness of one -- in some areas just to stay alive.

    There is nothing wrong with a college that operates pursuant to a strong business model. The only problem with that, though, is that most such colleges get greedy. And that's bad. At that point they become more like businesses than learning institutions.

    For that reason, non-profit or state-sponsored/run schools are a bit more noble, and operate more like learning institutions.

    All that said, there are for-profit colleges/universities which nevertheless honor their first purpose of being learning institutions; and there are non-profit/state schools which seem to have forgotten it.

    One must be careful trying to too broadly categorize and/or generalize what is "college." In that sense, it's a question with a faulty premise from the outset.

    Hope that helps.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You define two terms that have common ground as very different.

    Today, 'learning' is a 'business'.

    Why it costs a lot is that competition for resources and prestige is a good thing. It incresases both the quality of educational output and the opportunity for high-level research. This is the reason that the 'market' for education has grown and higher education has become more expensive.

    Through competition, higher education institutions offer better education, which creates a direct increase in human capital efficiency, while large research institutions bring about technological progress. Both are necessary for economic growth.

    A reminder that good US colleges are the most expensive in the world, but at the same time they offer relatively many scholarships. I do think that still, an education is worthwhile only if the school you attend is worth its individual price.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Education is the biggest business in the world today, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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    "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst" - Confucius

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