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Heather Mitchell

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I believe the U.S higher education system is very corrupt, and only centered around money and the idea of having money. Especially prestigious Universities, that cater to only the rich. In this country you almost have to go to college to be successful, and they make it super hard to accomplish.


I believe that it is wrong that top-tier colleges get as much funding as they do and lower level colleges are forced to use outdated material and the students are the one who pays the price. I also believe that is unfair that private colleges get more advantages than the public colleges do, it's too expensive for some people to afford to go to a good private college. Even as far back as the 1600's Christian colleges ruled the land and still cost an arm an a leg to get into. While the gap between public and private was always big it has gotten worse over the years where it yale is somewhere around 70k a year and Oxford is only 12k a year.

Dick McBiscuit

Boy lemme you tell you something, y'all dumbasses don't understand taxes and y'all just some commie fucks.

Mia Davidson

I believe the gap between tuition costs for private vs public universities is ridiculous and making money more important than peoples educations.

Belen Charnichart

The US has made it hard to get jobs with just bachelors and we have to continue our education for everyone has a bachelor. The US favors those colleges that gain recognition for being prestige and makes it very hard with them only being focused on money. The prestigious universities favors those who are worth sending one or those who can afford to be allowed into the school.

Lucas Salerno

Wong's principal criticism of the United States Higher Education is that the private schools are gaining the most money off of accomplishments and creating a huge gap in America. These private universities cost extremely high prices to attend and often time are not feasible for many average income American families. While this may seem apparent, I disagree with the thought because the private universities are more able to give scholarships to the students who are in need. Also, the public schools are now gaining recognition like the private schools within states. This is highly evident in the SUNY system and the UC system, both have highly accredited universities that are on the rise and at miniscule prices. In my opinion, Wong just states that there are flaws in the system and does not give specific examples in depth. The examples he gives are deceivingly shallow and don't give to much depth about how the school is flawed. The best example is listing the prices of the schools and when she claims that the surveys were based off of the esteem of research and teaching. I don't believe that Wong distinguishes her word from Phil Baty's, she often just states what he says and doesn't explain. The problem with this is her work doesn't end up showing what she believes, instead it is more his thoughts. An example is when she quotes one of his statistics without prior explanation and then just changes topics immediately after. I am not very aware of how my school is using its budget, but I am aware that a lot of it is going towards growing the school immensely. I go to a midsize private university on Long Island that in the past ten years alone has gone through immense changes and only more is coming.

David K

There is a huge gap between cost of college between private schooling and public. A lot of people who want to go to private schools cant afford it. Theres an illusion that you need to go to a top pristine college to get a great job, but most college degrees will work as long as your are educated in your field. Many people that are successful didn't go to the best school or even finish. The ranking system needs to be changed and costs need to be lowered.

Jennifer Rosales

I think is wrong for universities to be based mainly on financial matters. Univerities should focus on providing quality education to all students no matter if it's on private schools or public. All students should be able to obtain the best quality education no matter which school they go to to. Their should be more funding programs going to the education system in the United States because everyone should be able to have the opportunity to receive quality education without having to worry about the high cost.

Abby McKinley

I believe that private universities of America keep raising their tuition to keep up a certain reputation, to keep their school exclusive in a sense. They only want the best of the best students to attend these prestigious universities, and every other student can attend the public schools and community colleges. This is an issue because many students can barely afford public college, let alone private college. And in this day and age, students need more than just a bachelor's degree to get a decent paying job. It is very unfair how in America, you get what you pay for when it comes to education. In state public colleges, they cut a lot of courses and faculty due to limited government funding.


Wong never comes out and directly states her criticism of the American higher education system but through her writing, we can see clearly that she believes private institutions are capitalizing off of their prestige. These prestigious Ivy League colleges are able to have such high admissions and tuition costs because they know that students are going to pay these outrageous costs, simply for being able to write on their resumes that they graduated from there. Public colleges aren't receiving the same amounts of money that these top universities are because they don't have the same prestige and therefore don't attract as many students. I agree with Wong in that I think the prices we are paying for in order to get an education, one that is almost necessary to have in this country if one wishes to get a good paying job, are outrageous. Why should I have to pay 70k a year just to get an education that I will need in order to get a job to support myself? It's not just a private college problem either, as even public colleges are ridiculously priced and I think that is another one of Wong's criticisms of the US higher education system.

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