Because it’s time for a change! The US system of higher education is a rigid, overpriced, bureaucratic cartel which serves itself rather than students.
The American system of higher education is a socialist system where government controls the means and ownership of production (traditional state colleges and universities and private colleges and universities which receive federal education money) and is indifferent to the results produced as long as taxpayer money continues to flow into the system.
Our goal is to change the current system to allow for Freedom of Choice in Education! There is no justification for the cost of higher education in this country. The availability of easy federal education loans encourages a monopolistic system to exist that resists competition and innovation.
Government programs are never efficient because they exist for political reasons not for authentic purposes. Higher education in the US is another government program that is overpriced and under performs because the incentives are misplaced.
What’s Different About AGUPP?
We provide a system of study which focuses only on the student. Our degree and board certification programs were designed for adults rather than teenagers. Our students have real world experience and possess significant levels of knowledge acquired through training and experience.
The quality of education received depends on the quality of the effort made by the student and the quality of the material studied. It is a myth that one receives a better education at Harvard or some other Ivy League school, or any traditional college or university, merely by being present at a particular institution. Learning is something that the student achieves not that which the student receives by osmosis.
The United Kingdom, Distance Learning, Oxford and Cambridge
The United Kingdom has been the world leader in distance learning for centuries. Distance learning degrees have the same prestige as residential degrees. As a former colonial power, England’s distance learning degrees were the engine of education for the rest of the world. Their system persists and flourishes to this day.
The Failure of American Higher Education
Unfortunately, in the United States, because of a failure to allow for freedom of choice in educational opportunity, some people believe that real education cannot take place unless one is sitting in a classroom. That’s not where learning occurs. It occurs in the mind of the student and can be achieved without ever stepping foot in a classroom. Traditional colleges, universities, and tenured professors resist innovation because it threatens them; they don’t want change, they only serve themselves, and resist competition. It has nothing to do with learning excellence!
Oxford, Cambridge and other outstanding British universities operate according to a belief in the preeminence of the student and promote tutoring, research, and distance learning as valid and important methods which favor the student. The US system serves itself to the detriment of the student as it is driven by money, maintaining the status quo, and resisting competition.
The following quote from Abraham Lincoln writing to a young friend wanting to study the law makes the point rather profoundly as to what it takes to learn, and it has nothing to do with the institution:
“If you are absolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself the thing is more than half done already. It is a small matter whether you read with any one or not. I did not read with anyone. Get the books and read and study them in their every feature, and that is the main thing. It is no consequence to be in large town while you are reading. I read at New Salem, which never had three hundred people in it. The books and your capacity for understanding them are just the same in all places. (…) Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”