Friday, March 10, 2006

LSU and standards

Let me start by thanking the folks at Mollylea Drive 70815 for adding me (Centenary Drive 70808 as the case may be) to their blogroll. Dale posted recently about my controversial Procrastination post. Like always the quotes are in italics.

So one thing I never understood was in a state where over and over again the media bashes us for poor public schools why would anyone want to elevate admission standards for our public colleges or even try to set one apart as being better than the rest.

The public school systems need to push to meet the academic standards of the state institutions. Think of it as an incentive to improve the school systems. Also the reputation of the colleges in today's world would be in the toilet if the admission standards went back to how they were. Just because the public school systems are dismal doesn't mean the Universities have to succumb to those standards.

Far below LSU? By what unit of measurement is this alleged factoid derived anyway? How much money graduates make on average? Professor salaries? Cost of tuition? Athletics? What? Oh it must be the higher admission requirements. Just sounds plain lame to me the other measures actually make more sense. Professor salaries LSU wins there. Cost of tuition chalk up another win.

I was basing that mostly off of admission standards. Tuition I find irrelevant... honestly I don't know what tuition is at LSU. Its nearly impossible to be from Louisiana, go to LSU, and not be on TOPS when you start off. Also I was basing it on the fact that LSU's program in general is much broader than that of UL... I mean sure they might have all the same programs as LSU- but they aren't on one campus (or three really). They are scattered all over the state. And I think you are being naive if you don't think more of the state's best and brightest attend LSU-BR than attend the rest of the state colleges.

Then again I think that the whole admission process in Louisiana is backwards anyway considering as I mentioned before the overall ranking of the states high school graduates when compared to other states.

Personally I find state high school rankings misleading considering most of the state's best and brightest end up at private high schools rather than public schools. Even in the state's best parish in terms of schools there is only two public schools I would have considered attending (out of like 7). But that may be because I am fanatical to the core about supporting anything my high school does.

Also Dale mentioned the idea of LSU becoming a "tier-one" school. LSU becoming a tier-one school is the administrators' wet dream. In addition they are going about "the flagship agenda" the wrong way. They seam to think a "party school" reputation is holding us back considerably even though the #1 party school in the country is Wisconsin-Madison- a tier one school. They also have an infatuation with the word "diversity" and seem to think that merely mentioning it in every speech will solve the issue- whatever that is. Sure there is an issue of diversity- but its not about race or sex or that kind of thing- its more about ideology than anything. Consider that the campus is OVERWHELMINGLY conservative (when College Republicans are milling around in Free Speech Alley or whatever they have like four tents, music playing, and like 100 people shooting the political bull, when College Democrats are milling around they have a table with a poster hung over it that says "College Democrats" and they have like 7 people hanging out). But you can't discriminate on party preference can you?

Look- LSU is trying to remain on par with similar schools across the south. I know people who go to UGA, Alabama, Ole Miss, Clemson, Auburn, etc. I never thought about that kind of thing since I thought going to those schools wouldn't make much sense. LSU and each of those schools are pretty comparable to each other and the only REAL difference would be location and the fact that I'd have to pay to go there. LSU is going to be closely tied to those schools in terms of standards- and its no accident that most of those schools have similar standards as LSU.


Blogger Newspaper Hack said...

Any major college campus in the South is overwhelmingly conservative. It's par for the course. And as a Democrat, I'd rather have my balls electrocuted than sit at a freaking table trying to recruit members. Dems are, by nature, disorganized. And drunk. And sex addicts. Speaking of which, I need to take a shower so I can get to the bar. Why haven't I done that yet? Dammit.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I skipped out on the partying for tonite since I'm getting up early and heading back to the family for Church, dinner, money to survive on, etc.

As for the political leanings its hard to explain... but Louisiana is a state that isn't particularly Republican or Deemocrat the way the rest of the south is Republican. But most of the kids who qualify for LSU are Republican it seems like. Let me give you an example: according to everybody's favorite mind-numbing stalking website (Phacebook OF course) one of the largest contingents of LSU students comes from three relatively small towns: Mandeville, Slidell, and Covington. These three towns are all in Saint Tammany Parish- the most Conservative section of the state- also home to easily the best public schools. Also they are the definitions of "suburban America". So its sort of interesting how all that ties in together to make LSU conservative.

The only type of recruiting that ever caught my eye was when a group of Dekes started a petition to change the LSU logo (which is an abomination of LSU's tradition- I'm talking the offical Athletic Department logo- not the helmet logo). All the other recruiting for clubs, benefits, and armies are pretty standard look down at the ground or pretend to be deep in conversation so the recruiters don't talk to you fare.

12:34 AM  

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