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Degree Inflation

Andrew Bryant
From a Recent Graduate Perspective

Issue 76: October 2008
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Reaganomics states that government should reduce the growth of spending and reduce the regulation of the economy.
Therefore public utilities are privatised and public services are run as businesses.
This leaves universities a place to train people for the workforce and reduces education to a commodity and as with any other commodity subject to market forces.

Australian pharmacy schools now graduates a surplus number of students which has resulted in degree inflation, a loss of stable, secure and long term employment.
Some of our brightest students have found themselves unable to obtain or even further a career. To allow Australian pharmacy schools to permit the situation to degenerate to this is a tragedy and waste.
The greatest negative impact is burdened on minorities and working class persons.
Their failure in being unable to obtain or further their career is blamed on themselves and not on the social system or policy that got them there.
Their exclusion and disempowerment further marginalises their place in society.

Australian seemed to have a sense of egalitarianism, yet in degree inflation the degree from a less prestigious university will be less sufficient for its holder to be taken seriously as a future employee.
The more prestigious universities would be able to value add dollar for dollar to a greater extent than their competitors.
Thereby graduates from these more prestigious universities will be of higher quality because these institutions will have greater resources to educate their students.
Students from these institutions will therefore be greater skilled and have greater productivity.
In a user pay education system, students from minorities and working class backgrounds suffer the most.
What needs to be done is a nationalised curriculum to ensure that standards for our small nation are equal, high and that the number of students regulated.
Again I call for the pharmacy community to be unified so that all pharmacists can have a voice and be in a position to lobby our workforce to be sustainable.
What have the current players in our community done to help non-owner pharmacists?
What is the National Pharmacy Student Association doing for current students?
There is a Singaporean view that our pharmacy organisations do nothing more than drink beer and converse in beach etiquette.
I have no doubt that no one is bothered to do anything in pharmacy to rock the boat and produce outcomes that could not only produce change but progress – and to get elected on any of our current boards for progressive minded people seems a futile process at best.
There is also another view that blogs themselves are pointless but that is another topic all together.

Andrew Bryant, Pharmacy Undergraduate University of South Australia 2008

 


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