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(ABC News)   Woman finally pays the $5 fee which prevented her college graduation. In 1939   ( abcnews.go.com) divider line
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2014-05-26 08:40:36 AM  
3 votes:
Idiot, one month of Total Fark and she could have known everything.
2014-05-26 09:45:50 AM  
2 votes:
Sounds like a stubborn biddy.  If you feel your life has been incomplete because of that degree.  Why didn't you cough up the $5 decades ago?
2014-05-26 01:18:25 PM  
1 vote:

JuggleGeek: Imagine how much more money she would have made in her lifetime if she had simply paid the extra $5 and gotten a degree.  She talks about not being able to get a job at first due to lack of a degree or experience, but a $5 bill would have gotten past that quickly.  And most of the jobs she had along the way would have probably paid a bit more each if she was able to claim the degree.

/beer is good, and people are crazy.

That's doubtful. While she would have had a degree, she would have still been trying to work in the 40s, 50s & 60s-during a time when women were devalued, underpaid, & denied jobs, simply because of their sex. Maybe it might have helped a little, but I really doubt it

//very cynical over here
//it obviously wasn't that important to her or she would have ponied up to $5 before now
2014-05-26 12:06:22 PM  
1 vote:
I still don't understand the purpose of paying to graduate. And I even work in education and have had this argument hundreds of times with administrators who can't seem to grasp reality or provide a good counter-argument.

If you want to walk at graduation, that is one thing and I am okay charging for that....but if you just want to get your damn piece of maybe and certified that you have completed a program of study, why should it cost $20-50-$100?

Okay, someone has to run the graduation audit, someone who is already on the payroll and is being paid to sit in the registrar's office doing and audit or just waiting for a student to come in, so the sunk cost of an audit is already paid for...or you could even automate it with software.

next, with Complete College America, schools around the country are being asked to up their graduation rates, now for four-year colleges, most people want their diploma for the bachelors, but for two-year colleges most students don't care that much since they plan on getting a bachelors in the future (also, having an AA or AS degree isn't that big of a deal to employers; AAS or a technical degree maybe).   So why would a student pay MORE money for something they plan on replacing with an upgraded degree later on?

Also, a lot of schools funding is now based upon graduation rates and not just pure enrollment, so the two-year schools WANT to award degrees since it means money now, yet they can't understand why the students don't care about a degree for an associates.

Lastly, and this is the best one, the administrators don't understand that a lot of students don't just have $20, 40, 60, 80's to spend on something they view as worthless.  I have heard a couple say "It is only $40"...if it is such a paltry amount, then why not waive the $40?  students who have paid tuition, then felt nickel'd and dime'd for student fees, parking fees, recreation fees, administrative fee, books, etc. etc. etc.  are just burnt out and get angry to learn they have to pay one more fee to get what they have already earned.

if the school wants to increase the number of degrees (to get more money) then the school should eat the cost of awarding those degrees.

/rant off
2014-05-26 12:00:05 PM  
1 vote:

CarnySaur: I still refuse to donate to my alma mater because they charged me for a missing chair sophomore year.  It's been over twenty years now - I should probably let it go.

I don't donate because those pricks already got 35k off me.  Why would I give them more money?!  They can go fark themselves
2014-05-26 11:43:20 AM  
1 vote:
Yeah, she paid, but this attitude problem is going on her permanent record!
2014-05-26 11:35:37 AM  
1 vote:
Just goes to show ya, a degree doesn't make you smart...

/Seriously, in 75 years you couldn't come up with $5 after paying how much for the school?
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