In response to Victor Davis Hanson’s article, “Behold our fake universities,” (May 7): As a college student, I see and agree with many of the statements regarding the academic system.
It’s stated “40 percent of incoming students need remediation in math and English after failing basic competency tests.” It is almost sad that it seems now schools are making it easier to get through lower-division courses, so much so that it is affecting their performance in the upper-division courses. This needs to stop if the future wants a workforce of quality and integrity.
Along with the joke of academic objectives, is the joke of tuition. Do colleges really believe intellectual people will continue to pay their outrageous prices when they begin to realize the curriculum is sub par? Or are they praying that many will take advantage of the easier courses to just get a degree?
This is the real dilemma. Many employers with entry-level positions are seeing candidates with degrees don’t actually have the skills or logic to perform in the field. This creates favor toward those who have technical training and is making a degree obsolete.
Olga Valenzuela, Los Banos