The Cost Of A Worthless Degree From California State University Just Got More Costly

Inflation has been all but non-existent during the Obama Years, yet you wouldn’t know that looking at the increase of College/University Tuition at the State Level, especially in California. Students are told in High School that college is mandatory to have a fruitful life and live in the elusive middle class, and are told to go into debt to get that degree (more like economic enslavement) with no guarantee. Most of the college professors and administrators are in the 2%, no not the 1% but well ahead of what their students should ever expect to get to. Let’s talk, because the academic bubble is still building and its about to pop – things have gotten way out of hand.

There was a rather troubling segment on ABC News Affiliate in Los Angeles (Eyewitness News 7) recently titled: “CSU Trustees Vote to Raise Tuition by 5% Amid Protest From Students” on March 22, 2017.

First, I’d like to point out that the education hasn’t gotten any better at the California State University System, by all measures and accounts it has gotten worse. Degreed Students are valued less in the marketplace, as employers realize their education isn’t as good, and that those degrees don’t predict the students will be productive employees or even have a clue as to what they are doing.

Most professors, especially tenured professors are not teaching in the classroom much, as they spend lots of time on sabbaticals, and have grad students lecturing now. The increased costs of the university has to do with legacy costs (Pensions) and increase healthcare Cadillac Style Health Care Programs for staff and professors. Although their pension fund is not as bad as the University of California System which highly underfunded, it isn’t breaking any records either – this Trump Bump in the stock market recently has saved their asses (temporarily) if you’d like to know the true skinny on that.

It’s time to face facts – The CSU system (California State University) is broken, academia is broken close the damn universities who give degrees in Gender Studies, Sustainability, Ethnic Equality, LBGT Studies – those kids aren’t going to get work to ever pay off those student loans – academia is on drugs by any rational observable standard – worthless – totally worthless surviving off of Federal Research Grants and Taxpayers and extortion tuition, subsidies and socialist agendas. Some at our think tank online, to put it quite bluntly, say; “To hell with all of it, it’s just BS now,” and I believe these think tank members are absolutely correct.

Why the 5% increase in tuition when enrollment is at an all-time high? Why the increase in tuition without increased benefits? The degrees aren’t worth any more than they were last year, in fact they are worth less now. The California State University System is out-of-control just like the University of California System is, and academia across the country is with student loan debt hovering at 1.4 Trillion Dollars, 45% of those loans have never made a single payment or are 90-days overdue. The academic industrial complex is a giant bubble about to burst, and what does the CSU system do? Raise tuition? Oh, well that’s just going to help a lot lot… NOT!

How Intelligent Care Improves the Patient Experience

Sam is in the hospital recovering from surgery. On his wrist is a high-tech remote wristband that can monitor his blood pressure, pulse oximetry, respiration, and temperature, and also send an immediate alert to his nurse if a problem arises. Suddenly, his nurse’s smartphone app beeps, advising her that Sam’s temperature just spiked to 101 degrees Fahrenheit, a sign that something might be wrong.

Meanwhile Debra, an at-home patient, receives a cell phone message that it’s time to breathe into her respiratory training device (spirometer). The care coordinator at her doctor’s office views the dashboard of data on Debra’s results and is alerted if the result falls outside the safe parameter, instructing her on treatment.

And Linda, an elderly patient with mild dementia, has just woken up, and her alarm device reminds her to take her morning medicine. A sensor in her pill dispenser confirms this and the alarm says: “We’ll make sure your daughter knows you took your medicine this morning. By the way, have you had breakfast?”

What is Intelligent Care? The emergence of leading-edge, patient-centered technologies and the innovative integration of those technologies are at the center of intelligent care. “To me, intelligent care means going beyond simple rule-based solutions (like crosschecking for allergies, or alerting patients when their medications are due), to actively integrating traditionally disconnected sources of data to take care of a patient,” says Naresh Ramarajan, MD, founder and chief medical officer of Navya, an organization that helps patients make cancer-treatment decisions using a step-by-step intelligent care system.

For example, smart-decision systems should be able to take into account a patient’s preferences for a therapy with fewer side effects, as well as the best outcomes and potential costs. They should be able to integrate the best clinical-trial results and the most current international guidelines. “An intelligent care system might even search a database to find similar patients for whom treatments have been successful,” says Ramarajan. “It would then synthesize all of these to come up with a ranked list of options with reasons behind each option.”

That data can then help patients make smart, informed choices. “As mobile app developers, we are often getting more requests from doctors and hospitals that include the need for ways to make their patient care more intelligent and innovative,” says Dulio Denis, a mobile program manager at Blue Label Labs, an industry leader in mobile, tablet, watch, and TV app design.

App developers work with healthcare clients who recognize that the alignment of consumer technology in mobile phones and the advance of new applications in what a hospital can do with cloud computing have reached a crossroads, where the providers can be more patient-centered. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we get to a place where medical care is functioning as seamlessly as the communication systems in social media function,” says Denis.

The Internet of Medical Things?

Just as the Internet of Things is now combining technology with life (turning on your thermostat, alerting you when the milk is gone), the Internet of Medical Things can do the same for healthcare. After all, women have been diagnosing their own pregnancies for three decades, so patients using our latest technology should certainly be able to swab their throat and send in the sample for a strep test without having to visit a doctor’s office-thus saving both the patient’s and doctor’s time and money. Intelligent care can also bring safer, more efficient patient care by streamlining procedures that produce smarter evidenced-based guidelines and provide improved safety, education, and service.

Roy Smythe, MD, cancer surgeon and founder of Valence Health-a company empowering healthcare providers with complete turnkey solutions for value-based care -says that “the devices we are going to be placing on and in our bodies in the future are going to be much more sophisticated and will be giving us insights that we never thought we would get.”

According to Orbita, a leader in innovative cloud-based technology for connected home healthcare, the intelligent health industry will soon feature ubiquitous wireless connectivity. The widespread use of smart phones and a growing array of connected, sensor-enabled devices that measure and track personal wellness data, test results, and healthcare reminders now enable health scenarios that we never dreamed were possible a few years ago.

Intelli-health optimizes both social computing and data analytics, as well as content and experience management, improving the outcomes for patients globally.

Technologies include:

• In-hospital remote wristbands that monitor vital signs and alert staff to changes immediately

• Interactive systems that respond to hospitalized patient requests more quickly using smartphones and apps rather than the old-fashioned “call button”

• Smartbeds that can monitor position and comfort and alert staff to problems Hand-hygiene systems that can improve infection-control practices and alert clinicians to sanitize before entering every room

• Digital delivery of tailored patient-education information

• Apps enabling patients to fill prescriptions from their hospital bed before discharge

• Handheld ultrasound devices that allow patients to scan their own bodies and send results to a radiologist

• Self-tests for medical conditions such as strep throat, STDs, and elevated cholesterol.

4-Year Colleges vs Technical Schools: Your Choice

College is not for everyone, but that does not mean you shouldn’t pursue some sort of higher education or job training. When you think about your future, what do you envision? Are you doing something you love, or are you just working for a paycheck?

If you are one of the many who is trying to make a decision about where to spend your money and invest your future, read on. This article provides a comparison of 4 year colleges and technical schools. Which one is right for you?

How to choose between 4-year colleges and technical schools:

Ask yourself these questions and then consider the benefits and disadvantages of each type of school.

What are your goals? Do you have a specific career goal? What are your educational goals? Do you want to learn as much as you can about a variety of subjects? Do you want to learn as much as you can about one specific topic (become an expert)?

What are your strengths? Weaknesses? Would you benefit from a shorter more targeted program?

Lifestyle. How will school fit into your life? Would you benefit from non-traditional scheduling such as online, evening, or distance learning? 4-year colleges and technical colleges both offer such options, but it varies by school so check with any schools you are interested in attending.

What do you need? Realistically, what sort of degree or training do you need to pursue your dreams? Research your desired field–know what the requirements are and how they compare to the programs you are considering. The US Department of Education website offers resources for career and training research.

Be a consumer. Check equipment; is it new and up-to-date? How does it compare to the equipment you will be using on the job? Trust me, this can be tedious but it is quite important. After graduation I realized I should have taken more time to research the computer programs employers expected me to know for technical writing jobs. Had I been better informed, I could have taken extra courses dealing specifically with those programs.

Investigate the following: campus size, current and former students, faculty and staff;

Find out if the school is accredited and licensed; Do they make extraordinary claims? Will your credits be transferable?

4-year Colleges

Some people like to learn just for the sake of learning, while some are more focused and driven and use school as a steppingstone for job advancement. If you are interested in more scholarly pursuits a traditional 4-year college might be your best option.

Benefits: liberal arts training applies to many fields, diverse topics to explore, prestige, “college life”

Disadvantages: expensive, time consuming, may get degree in area you no longer wish to pursue, high admission standards and prerequisites, job market may be slower upon graduation-may require additional training

Technical Schools

If college was for everyone, technical schools would not exist. Some people may feel a stigma is attached to technical schools. In a society where attending college has become standard, we lose sight of the value of skills training. People feel abnormal and may be angry if they don’t want to go to college but feel pressured to do so anyway.

Benefits: shorter duration, focused programs, easier admission standards, flexible scheduling, certifications not necessarily offered at 4-year colleges, hands on training

Disadvantages: may be viewed as less prestigious, can be expensive, may be less room for exploration of other subjects, accreditation, for-profit institutions

Many of the fastest growing jobs do not require a bachelor’s degree but do require post-secondary education (education beyond high school) These jobs include:

o Medical Assistants

o Social and human service assistants

o Home health aides

o Medical records and health information technicians

o Physical therapist aides

o Physical therapist assistants

o Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

o Veterinary technologists and technicians

o Hazardous materials removal workers

o Dental hygienists

o Occupational therapist aides

o Dental assistants

o Personal and home care aides

o Self-enrichment education teachers

o Occupational therapist assistants

o Environmental science and protection technicians, including health

o Preschool teachers, except special education

o Respiratory therapists

For more information on job growth statistics see the Bureau of Labor Statistics webpage.

Remember, the best way to determine what is right for you is to simply know yourself and be informed.