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So there!

I was talking to a friend about how state run lottery systems that provide funding for colleges and universities tend to put downward pressure on the academic standards of the schools.  When a lottery is begun, it usually results in a big influx of new students.  This means the university has to have more classes, more buildings, more parking spaces, bigger utility bills, more staff, more everything.  The additional cash is quickly gobbled up accommodating the growth.

Once the university is suddenly larger, the extra staff and real estate require continuing financial support.  If too many of those new students lose their lottery funding, the university can’t make its payroll.  So there’s an incentive created to relax the academic standards enough to keep the kids in college with grades good enough to maintain their funding.

A guy in the room overheard me and butted in, “I know that’s wrong!  My son goes to that school.  He is as smart as anybody, and he’s flunking his calculus class!”

Okay… let’s see your snappy come back for that.

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

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