When I was an academic advisor, I saw many students create their own academic train wrecks. Despite my advice, they would take too many credits, work too many hours, or refuse to get help when they needed it. The most difficult of these students would blame the instructor or blame the system for their failing grades.
I did my best to provide these students with the tools they would need to help themselves succeed. And sometimes I was able to make a difference. But in the end, it really came down to the student’s attitude. The student must take responsibility for his/her own success (or failure).
So I read Groceries, Golfing and Prison: Three Models for Education with great interest. My cousin, who is the author of this post, is a university professor with several advanced degrees. My husband is a community college instructor with a master’s degree. The models my cousin writes about exist in both types of institutions.
The message is strong when it comes to education: You get out of it what you put into it.
If you want your tuition dollars to buy an education with value, invest yourself.