Is there no longer a common interpretation of democracy? To what extent might the desire of this common definition interact with political trends that Mettler describes (plutocracy)
Is there a disconnect between the picture of college that high schoolers and others have as an ideal, a component of the American Dream, a path to prosperity within reality of what college is and whit it confers?
Would more/better pre-college advising help steer students better, including those past high school?
The career shifting market seems to be a factor in students’ decisions for college…and what’s with the arbitrary length spent attending to college?
What does the internship model do to affect how students see their worth in being paid compared to what they are paying to have the opportunity to utilize the internship?
How does the current student debt crisis mimic the housing bubble in 2008?
How does the current student debt crisis affect people of varying wealth?
Reverse red-lining, democratization of finance, aggregate demand, psycho-political impact of chronic debt, Neoliberal counterrevolution vs Keynesian economics (key terms needed to answer the above two questions).
If the government were to incentivize institutions of higher education to reach out to/accept/enroll students of low income, would public/social values concerning what higher education should be shift?
Is 30,000$ a lot of debt? How does 30,000$ of student debt feel different from other kinds of debt?
LET THE DISCUSSION RACE COMMENCE!
Mimi: psycho-political impact of chronic debt==>once debt is individualized, as in for the college degree, it is a problem, as opposed to thinking out of the daily usage and flexibility you have with owning a ca’ or a house.
Elena: is it fall break yet? also, the branding of universities, thinking about advertising for the University of Phoenix, is a huge influence on what students in high school, and younger, and also the rest of society, conceive higher education, or different institutions of higher education, to be.
Cheryl: students have ideas and views of what college is going to be. there are some spaces where going to college is not a question: it automatically is the next step for some (or not).
Michael: the idea of what the college experience is, as seen in the media or as overheard from friends’ siblings, is kind of a given…people don’t seem to be questioning this as reality. People seem to be considering debt levels as reasonable (but is this changing?)
Isabella: Can people afford not to go to college?
Michael: People can’t afford not to go. It’s just harder to go. The debt is going to be worse.
Cheryl: Now, it seems that the major has more of an impact on careers maybe, or at least on how students view what they should be majoring in in order to get a certain career.
Cuevo: When I was a senior in high school, a religion teacher brought up the idea that going to college is maybe unethical: everyone of us in that class had a crisis about getting ready to go to college. There needs to be a cultural shift, maybe, about what college is in order for younger students to understand.
Helen: Going to college is an identity. You have to maintain that identity.
Robert: Lets get a cultural shift! Student are becoming complicit into wanting those amenities. How do students stop wanting those amenities and just focusing on the education itself, as education?
Elena: Having debt is individualistic. What would happen if students made collaborative efforts to talk about this debt?
Michael: I have a Frisbee chum who is a counsel for people who talk about debt.
Helen: There was a walk out at the end of last semester about tuition going up. Students, though, should be working with other students on other campuses.
Dylan: How do we look at college education as a whole? It is very individualistic. We look at what a school can offer for ourselves, rather than how students can fit in together.
Isabel: Neoliberalism is so engrained in all of our minds individually, so that before we can make a cultural shift, we have to de-internalize those thoughts of neoliberalism.
Isabella: That won’t ever happen, because then we will have critical thinkers. And that won’t happen. Also, we have loans for people who have graduated to make that money back, and then loans for those who won’t be graduating and will be in a spiral of poverty. When analysis of debt crisis occurs, the people who go into default on loans and are gone after are poor people, people already disadvantaged.
Brittney: Debt collection is a thing. People need to think about this.
Robert: Individuals don’t have the power to make the big movement. There needs to be a larger, external force.
Elena: Like parents.
Robert: Not parents.
David: Can you as students change the focus on higher education?
Mimi: Yes. Absolutely. Also, do you do something for six years that you hate (the public good) so that you can do something for yourself after?
Sam C.: It’s 9 and midterms week.
Larry: General comment: Parents and students push up costs higher and higher. for all those amenities.
Danielle: The climbing wall was donated by alum.
Michael: I climb.