I have kids of current HS age, who will be college age sooner or later (one who took the ACT with virtually no prep scored a 31). One is going through the whole application process now, and we easily get as many as dozen flyers some weeks in the mail advertising your programs. Here are my thoughts as the father of these potential customers of yours, and someone involved in the finance for such things.
I see a lot of pics and text talking about how fun campus life is. I see almost nothing about the cost-effectiveness of your programs.
There is much constant harping about how LBGQT-etc friendly you are, so much so that it looks like you are (a) hostile to straight people and marriage, (b) pushing hook-up culture, (c) promoting rampant promiscuity to the detriment of education and mental health.
There is so much promotion of diversity, which is uniformly presented as non-white, non-straight, non-Christian, non-male, non-traditional, and it is uniformly presented as good, that you appear to be actively hostile to males, Christians, those of European ancestry, or who have conventional beliefs and family structure aspirations.
You hide your real costs in a hundred different way, but mostly through omission.
You hide your real funding sources, and with that you hide your real motivations and goals.
You often have more employees with “diversity” in their titles than “math.” That says a lot about your priorities in an increasingly tech-heavy world. It also reveals an increasingly toxic and hostile hard-left culture.
You talk a lot about how many of your graduates are employed within X amount of time after graduation. Only a small handful say anything about how many of those are employed in the field of their degree, how many are earning enough to pay off their student loans without a problem. None say what percentage successfully start a family.
Very few of your slick brochures indicate how many graduate on time. OK, a few of you do, but only a handful; why is that?
A quick search of your web-sites and political campaign donation reporting pages reveals an overwhelming hard-left political bias on behalf of your staff and faculty. It is highly unlikely that such a politically active and and almost uniformly socialist-left environment will teach in any sort of balanced, introspective, critical-thinking sort of way any topic.
Looking at some of the available pages for your staff and faculty, it appears that indoctrination is a far more important goal than factually-accurate education. Most of you have been in the news more for your socialist activism than your teaching ability, research breakthroughs, cost-effectiveness, graduate happiness, or financial success rates. Hmmmm… A pattern starts to appear on what you reveal and what you hide.
Your flyers are often very slickly produced, finely done, expensive items, containing naught but pablum and fluff. It does not speak well of your financial prudence, meaning you don’t spend the tuition money you receive wisely. Unwise in one place usually means a serious lack of wisdom elsewhere, too.
You often highlight all your programs directed at women, even though females are now nearly 60% of graduates nationwide; do you think men are so awesome they’ll succeed regardless of how heavy a thumb you put on the scale against them, do you think women are so intellectually weak they cannot succeed without help, or are you just hostile towards XY individuals generally? OTOH, I see virtually nothing specific for men. Why the misandry?
You often highlight all your programs directed at non-whites; do you think whites are so awesome they’ll succeed regardless of how heavy a thumb you put on the scale against them (thereby tacitly agreeing that whites ARE really better), do you think non-whites are so academically weak they cannot succeed without help (how condescending of you!), or are you just hostile towards people of European ancestries generally (I think that’s called… racist!)? Some of the schools that have sent us things in the mail have now has stories about how all the teachers have to publicly admit to being racist because they are white, etc. It is a public humiliation based on race nearly identical to Maoist Struggle Sessions.
I’m helping pay for my children’s education. I see very little of real value in any programs you offer, beyond STEM, but those are programs only of interest (and honestly attainable) by a small minority of each year’s HS graduates. You might talk about how you teach people to think clearly and deeply and critically, but when I see your graduates and teachers in the news they are spouting moronic hard-left talking-points, emoting fervently like cult members. They do not appear to be able to actually think clearly, let alone critically, and their level of basic factual knowledge appears to be pretty minimal. They are not happy, or even sane, people. I talk to the young men, and they wonder what made all the college grad women so insane. I see stories written by young women who are recent college grads that are vacuous, narcissistic, clueless, and ignorant, yet they proudly proclaim their credentials, even as I think I’d be sorely disappointed to have any family member married to one of those self-centered, unrealistic, man-hating harpies. Why would I want to pay good money send my children into… that?