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  •  I taught Management and Leadership for an online (3+ / 0-)
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    university; a real big one, for a few years, around 2005.

    I left when my mom died and I couldn't take on enough classes to stay.

    I would have real problems with my own sense of morals if I was still there, given all of the information that has come out about them in the last few years.

    I found the students to be motivated and very interesting.  The virtual classroom setup was excellent because it did not require students to be on at the same time (ala webinar type shit), but they could post comments and questions and responses, and interact with the teacher and with their colleagues on their own time.  To me, that was also the problem.

    You see, I had respect for the students, and I would hate to think I was helping to bilk them.  I know I gave them some great leadership and management ideas.  I did my job.

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:53:18 AM PDT

    •  We're here for the students (2+ / 0-)
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      Unfortunately, the business is getting really bad.

      If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

      by JDWolverton on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:55:44 AM PDT

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      •  I agree with you. This is what profit motive does (2+ / 0-)
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        Profit motive does not work for certain industries, and that is obvious.  It was bad enough in the old days when a college faculty did not want to make waves or take chances to piss off a benefactor or lose a grant or something.

        It also amazes me how humans in their quest for profit will so often bilk others, be dishonest and disingenuous, and do whatever they can to maximize their profit.  And this attitude comes from the very top down.

        Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

        by Floyd Blue on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:29:07 AM PDT

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        •  Don't assume that people act as angels and saints (2+ / 0-)
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          in the absence of an official profit to official owners.

          Too many state and non- profit colleges encourage students to take on large debt for degrees and do not properly disclose that their degree program will not increase their earnings ability much if at all.

          The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

          by nextstep on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:01:24 AM PDT

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          •  Good point. They're still human, after all!! (0+ / 0-)

            Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

            by Floyd Blue on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:52:50 AM PDT

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