It only took three sentences for this article to mention athletic affiliation.
"it's important that students decide what school to attend based on
their individual goals and not due to cost."Isn't that
whats causing students to have over $100k in debt and only can get a job that
pays $20k a year. The problem is that students don't look at the cost of
the education until its to late.
President Pershing wants the U of U to deliver a "PAC 12 education".
Since 8 of the 12 schools in the PAC 12 belong to the prestigious academic club,
AAU, it sounds to me as though David Pershing is pushing the U in the direction
of achieving AAU affiliation.
"We’re going to try to be pretty clear about what it takes to get into
the university."What, they're going to require more than a
pulse and a PAC-10+2 window sticker to get in now?
Dutchman, There are 62 AAU members. One way to look at universities
is by the number of Nobel Prizes. The AAU Pac 12 member with Nobel counts are
Arizona (5), Cal Berkeley (69), Colorado (10), Oregon (2), Stanford (58), UCLA
(15), USC (5) and Washington (12). The Big Ten is the strongest
athletic conference in terms of AAU membership, although Northwester is the only
private university. Illinois is its highest Nobel count (24), although the
University of Chicago(89) was a founding Big 10 member who bailed after WWII.
Johns Hopkins (36) will be joining as an affiliate member. The UoU
currently has 3 Nobel's. I believe the UoU is on its way up!
Nobel laureates and the quality of undergraduate education are only loosely
related. Westminster offers an excellent education with high entrance
requirements, but no Nobel laureates. The schools mentioned are known primarily
for graduate schools. The U should also focus on the quality of undergraduate
teaching, not just claiming they are members of the PAC 12 and that they have
Nobel prize winners.