· Many professors who are very good teachers, their work is very satisfactory, will often be let go (not renew contract) if they don't show interest in research. Mediocre teachers will be hired just because they are interested in research. Or many professors put a lot of time in teaching the students and don't have enough time to produce high level of research quantity and quality required for being hired permanently and will be fired, too. So if a teacher cares about his pension he would neglect the students. (????) That is because outstanding teaching is very time consuming in terms of creating high-quality courses and preparing outstanding lectures, giving individual attention to students who may have trouble understanding and there is not much time to do the amount and quality of work and research required to get tenure at a top university.
· Students will not necessarily get a better education at the more prestigious institutions with higher paid faculty.
· Higher percentage of small liberal arts college students than students from prestigious research universities are going to receive Ph.Ds
· The institutions with the highest percentage of their undergraduates going on to receive Ph.Ds are small colleges, with less than 2000 undergraduate each. (Cal Tech, Harvey Mudd, Swarthmore, Reed) Grinnell College has a higher percentage of its graduates go on to receive Ph. Ds than does either Harvard or Yale.
· At Stanford was a federal investigation that the president used $17,500 from government given money for school for his wedding, and another $2,000a month that he used for flowers at his home. Those $$ are covered in high tuition for the students.
· A science professor at University of Michigan said: "Every minute I spend in an undergraduate classroom is costing me money and prestige" and this means that these students may be attracted by big-name institutions but the prestigious professors are unlikely to teach them, until they reach graduate school.
Now, my question is: what do we do? Is it worth to go to an Ivy League college? Just send them kids there for a diploma but don't expect to come back with an education? What would you do?