Obama issues Executive Order cracking down on for-profit colleges

Via The WaPo:

Surrounded by thousands of uniformed members of the Army’s Third Infantry Division, President Obama Friday signed an executive order cracking down on for-profit colleges that prey on service members and veterans to collect tuition dollars without providing meaningful education in return.

Sure…  “Not for profit” College or University are obviously a better deal for your educational dollars.

If you are looking for a meaningful education, UCLA offers a course on Queer Musicalogy, instructed by Associate Professor Mitchell Morris. Not to be outdone, The University of Michigan (who paid their president, Mary Sue Coleman $783,850 in 2010) offers a minor in Gender, Race, And Nation studies.This gem of a program prepares students with a meaningful education:

Courses examine race and ethnicity in contexts that are local, transnational, or both. They analyze the ways in which gender, race, and nation are constituted with and against each other, and how these constructions operate in discourses, institutions, politics, societies, and individual lives past and present. The academic minor can be tailored toward an international or domestic emphasis, but topics are likely to include the changing boundaries of race, gender, and nation; differential relations among nations; histories of imperialism, colonialism, and globalization; and postcolonial resistance and theory.

Tuition alone (for lower division undergraduates- in state rates) at the public University of Michigan will set you back $12,634 for the 2012-13 fall / winter session alone. What a bargain.

But, if you really want a meaningful education, sign up for Critical Theory and Social Justice program at Occidental College where you you can learn from the likes of  Associate Professor, Jeffrey Tobin.  A few topics of study at Occidental’s Critical Theory and Social Justice program include:

Why did the London Bridge fall down? Is Rub-a-dub-dub really about bath time? Why didn’t an old man live in a shoe? Who is more imperialist, Babar or Peter Pan? Is Tinky Winky gay? Is South Park a children’s show? Is Harry Potter a Hero? How tired was Rosa Parks? Using different critical approaches, this course will examine children’s poetry, picture books, novels, cartoons, feature films, and music videos. Analysis will include topics related to gender, race, culture, and nation, as they play out in the aesthetics, images, and poetics of children’s texts.


A survey of psychoanalytic theories of gender and sexuality. Topics include the signification of the phallus, the relation of the phallus to masculinity, femininity, genital organs and the fetish, the whiteness of the phallus, and the lesbian phallus. The authors we read include Freud, Riviere, Lacan, Irigaray, Kristeva, Grosz, Gallop, Silverman, de Laurentis, and Butler. Prerequisite: a 200-level CTSJ class. Emphasis topic: Feminist and Queer Studies.

Looking at only a small slice of the nonsense being taught at “not for profit” colleges and universities today, it seems that Obama’s latest executive order is a bit of pandering to his supporters in the halls of “higher” education.

Heaven forbid that  “not for profit” colleges face a little competition for tuition dollars.

Oh, by the way, didn’t Obama attend Occidental College?

  • theCL April 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Not for profit??? Mary Sue Coleman profited $783,850 in 2010 alone! And hey, go ahead and plunk down $12,634 on Queer Musicalogy for all I care, just don’t whine when you find this, uh, investment, unprofitable.

    Our intellects are imbeciles.

    • steve April 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      “Our intellects are imbeciles” is an understatement…

      If I were looking to learn a new and marketable skill, I think I’d look into a ‘for profit’ school before plunking down $12K a semester to study a lot of the nonsense offered at these bastions of higher education.