Public universities are so big sometimes. They can be very daunting.
Count Your Public Blessings
March 4, 2008 by Danny Lawhon
Sometimes I feel like just a number, and not necessarily a name.
Large lecture classes aren’t the best way to learn for me. And classes with teaching assistants aren’t always what I signed up for.
These are some of the types of statements I’ve heard both from students in their first year or two in college and from some high school students, especially in smaller locales, looking for a college or university that’s best for them. In some sense, they’re right — major universities can be big, they can be scary, and if you aren’t active, you can become “just another student.” Again, these conditions are all up-front, and getting lost in the shuffle is sometimes the fault of the student him/herself.
There’s at least one thing to be thankful for, however: It’s unlikely your public university or college will shut down on you, without so much as a moment’s notice.
That’s what happened to about 60 students at Tennessee Career College yesterday, The (Nashville) Tennesseean reports this morning. It’s the fifth time a for-profit school has closed About a month ago, the school went on what was supposed to be a two-week winter break, which was extended two more weeks until this past Monday. Students arriving for the resumption of classes were generally shocked and devastated to find that the school had shut down.
Faron Boreham, the president of the college, which offered degree programs including court reporting, medical transcription, and paralegal, said the school’s owner decided to retire and close the school several months ago. But an attempt to find a benefactor to keep the school open was made. When no source surfaced, Boreham made the decision to close the school, saying that that there was “really no reason to release information about whether the school would close or remain open” they knew no one could take the lead.
The students attending Tennessee Career College will be able to obtain loan forgiveness and some tuition refunds. But some students are upset with the college, especially since some of their credits may not transfer to other schools. Boreham said that he’s trying to find places where the credits will transfer.
The moral of this story is not that small schools are bad or dangerous to attend, or that public universities are monstrous and unfriendly to the little guy. These misconceptions are not true. Be thankful of your educational opportunities every day, for many like those in Tennessee are jealous of those opportunities you or your children possess.