Update on my recent post regarding whether a PR degree is worth £3,000 a year – a Guardian survey shows University Vice-Chancellors believe fees need to double this amount to cover teaching costs (reaching £10,000 annually for some science degrees).
Quality education does cost money to deliver but £18,000 for a 3 year degree course (plus debt incurred for living costs) seems a huge investment to me.
At University, students face 50-minute lectures comprising hundreds of classmates and seminar group sizes of 20-plus. This is not reflective of best practice supportive learning – nor adequate preparation for a career such as public relations.
Contact with academics is minimal, giving little opportunity to participate in considered discussion and reflection of knowledge. Self-managed group assignments do not provide the vocational skills that employers seek as they complain graduates aren’t capable of undertaking simple tasks without further training.
The Guardian reports one respondent recommending a need for better financial planning if families want their children to gain a higher education and criticising the “well-off middle class” wanting to get this “for free, or at a cheap price.”
I am not convinced that in a marketplace where degrees have become the norm, this person’s claim of “careers that offer salaries well above the national average” is the reality. The debts experienced at a young age, set bad financial habits for life.
Or am I mistaken and a career in PR makes it easy to repay the debt incurred?