Are college educations like electronic equipment? Can the quality of the education you get be directly correlated to the amount you paid for the education? I've been wondering about that a lot lately.

I'm paying roughly $4,000 a year for my education. When I apply for my Master's program, I will be applying to a school where I will have reciprocity and so will receive resident tuition. I will be paying about $5,000 a year. This seems to be considerably lower than many of the universities I read about other people attending.

I'm choosing to attend Utah State to complete my BA and then plan to apply to Morehead State for my MFA program. I wonder, what do you think the difference is? Why the discrepency in cost and is there really a difference in the education received? Will I learn less? I don't believe I will.

What do you think?


Suzanne said...

I think that state universities are so much cheaper because they receive a minimum of taxpayer funding, which I also believe is good and necessary for quality societies. Private universities just rip people off. I've gone to two private universities thus far for undergrad and my MPA, and all I have to show for it is more debt. I don't think I got an exponentially better education, nor do I think it helped me get any of the jobs I got.

You are just illustrating that you are smarter than most people, who pay for designer college names instead of the actual product they receive. And it is why I hope to go for an MFA (if I got at all) at a city university. I'm through throwing away money.

super des said...

My undergrad was paid for by the government and the school itself (yay scholarships!). I'm not sure which way that counts. And do I measure smarts in literature anyway? Nobody's impressed when they hear "UC Davis."

viciousrumours said...

They may not be impressed when they hear "UC Davis", but I was impressed when I heard "Comparative Literature". That's one of those things that just sounds impressive, now matter how you say it.

Gunfighter said...

I didn't go to college... but I am exceptionally well-read.

I know of people that went to high falutin' schools, that I wouldn't want to teach the second grade. I also know people that got their degrees from small schools, that they attended at night and on-line for years, that I think are exceptionally smart.

Designer schools are fine if you want to spend the money... but at the end of the day, a poli-sci degree is just as useless from Harvard as it is from Slippery Rock teachers college.