SEARCH BLOG: EDUCATION FAILURE
The public face of institutions often varies from their private actions. We could call that "marketing." Something on the order of calling club soda "Miracle Water" because it can remove some stains from clothing.
For years, the University of Michigan publically has led the charge for the underdog... we need a "diversity" program... call it affirmative action or whatever. The not-so-subtle message here: the University is intellectually, socially, and ethically superior to the rest of society.
Unfortunately (for the University), the data doesn't seem to support that.
At the nation's 50 flagship universities, students with the same academic qualifications received different amounts of financial help based on income, 1995-'03:About two years ago, I wrote to Mary Sue Coleman, President of UM, regarding the University's public posturing versus the opportunity for real action. The lesson: the lesson was not learned, apparently.
Oh, UM is a great institution... two of my sons have advanced degrees from there and are grateful that their mom and dad helped them toward that. But greatness doesn't necessarily mean perfection... or even close.
Maybe it is time to put the University's money where its mouth is.