I don’t see a state university saying “90% of our Philosophy degree students secured a job in their field within 6 months of graduation!”
Because they don't. When was the last time that you saw a full-time position offered for a bachelor's graduate in philosophy? "Wanted, bachelor's degree grads in Philosophy. Must be familiar with Kant, Wittgenstein, and all of Post-Structuralism. Must be able to lift 50 lbs and work alternating shifts in our warehouse." You are just proving my point. Many of the programs that students choose to study at State Podunks do not lead to "gainful employment".
Academic research papers are useless?? Wow, you are what is wrong with education today.
No, "publish or perish" is what's wrong with education today, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. There is an emphasis on creating papers instead of engaging students. Here are three current academic journal articles titles from Routledge/Taylor&Francis. Pick one and tell me how you think it's important, how it has enriched your life, or made education better or more effective.
Non-state space: the strategic ejection of dangerous and high maintenance urban space
Assemblage thinking as methodology: commitments and practices for critical policy research
Methodological challenges in the study of stateless nationalist territorial claims
It's all self-referential word-soup in the humanities and social sciences. I've even written some of it.
Like the lost Ark of the Covent, these things are largely shelved and rarely heard from again. Google the Alan Sokal Social Text Hoax and you might learn something. A physicist wrote a paper full of gibberish and it was published in a major journal.
You sound angry, and your most recent post says it all.
Of course I'm angry. My career was destroyed by profiteering and an exploitative marketing campaign. Why can't you people see that the teachers had nothing to do with the marketing? We don't approve the marketing. We don't write the marketing. I had no idea what the marketing was. I would never have approved it, but I was busy teaching classes. My recent post says much more than you managed to read. You might not have that much time or ability to comprehend, based on your own perceptual blindness, so here's the fourth grade version. DeVry teachers and students are people. Humans. You judge too fast, and too harshly, because you have already made up your mind. And that's unfair. We call it prejudice.
You are defending this fake “University” to save your own job.
No, I don't want to save my job. I want to get out an get a different job as soon as possible. The place is collapsing around me and there are tons of layoffs every year. But you are only reading what you want to read. I am defending my classroom, and the work that I put into helping my students learn. I am defending my students. They are learning technical concepts that they came for. What do you think that we do all day, sit around and do nothing? My students are working on technical projects or learning how to implement them. Incidentally, I would never have changed the name from DeVry Institute. To me, a university has multiple campuses, or at least one massive one, and offers comprehensive doctorate-level learning. Tons of State "Universities" don't fit the bill. They are glorified colleges who offer a few master's degrees.
Kind of selfish, isn’t it?
No. I am sick of self-righteous people talking about what I do like it's fraud. That's not the case at all. I am teaching people how to do things in ways that they would not be able to do otherwise. You couldn't sit through one of my advanced classes and pass. I'm sorry. It's just true. I am sick of people throwing away my students like they are junk when they see the school name on their resume. They are people--human beings--and moreover, ones that I invested time and effort in. I am sorry if you are an elitist and only value top-achievers. To me all of my students are important. I am making their lives better, no matter where they start from, and even if it's remedial. I wouldn't be a teacher otherwise.
You wouldn’t send your kids there.
I explained that. I am sorry that you weren't able to understand the answer. Reading comprehension is a high-level skill, I suppose (see my comment above about surviving one of my higher level technical classes). I wouldn't send them to a community college, or a military academy, or an Ivy...all for different reasons. In philosophy, what you are doing is called a "reductionist" argument, or more specifically, the logical fallacy called reductio ad absurdum. You are taking one statement, out of context, as a summation of my arguments. As I mentioned, the damage to the brand is too great now, even if my kids were second-chance students with employer-sponsored tuition remission. People like you, who treat the place like a diploma mill, devalue their work too much. Decades ago, I would have sent them to the DeVry Institute. And once, long ago, I was even moderately proud to work there. I still do good work to help the people that I can, while I can.
Finally, you wouldn’t recommend it as a workplace, but since YOU work there, you subscribe to the DeVry way, it’s all ok!
Oh, hell no. As a workplace, none of it is okay. Why do you think that there are tons of employees gathered here discussing when the place is finally going to shut down for good, be sold, or go online? The system is broken and failing and we all know it. All of the decisions made are made for short-term profit and few of them benefit students. There is nothing that we can do about it except leave, only getting hired is difficult. Most of the folks I know are trying to find jobs. I am applying to jobs that pay half of my salary. I'm not just quitting and going on unemployment and into bankruptcy. In the meantime, I am doing my job, the only part that I enjoy, sharing my love of deep technical concepts with my students. I want you to understand that I am not a bad person. Is that too much to ask?