Now it's too late to mention it. The rocks have avalanched their way into the university system.
When I was trapped in that Ninth Circle of Hell called Marine Corps Recruiting Command, I was occasionally stuck proctoring a high school ASVAB test. Naturally the kids wanted to know how they did. Few things were sadder than having to tell one of them "Sorry, son. You failed the test. You can't enlist."
Although it was even sadder when that kid would say, "that's alright I planning to go to college anyway."
The ASVAB is basically a high school sophomore level general knowledge exam. Fail it and you really have no business graduating high school let alone attending college. Yet these guys who were too dumb to "hump a pack" in the Marine Corps went on to enter college.
Universities are institutions and institutions usually do what they have to in order to survive. That's not a problem when that institution maintains a symbiotic relationship with it's society. There is no doubt at this point that the relationship between American universities and American society has turned deeply parasitic.
Just look at how stupid the students in that video are. Thirty years ago those morons couldn't have gotten in. They've memorized a few phrases like "Cis-normative" and that makes them think they are smart in the face of all available evidence.
Admitting stupid students is nothing new of course. When I was in college. Two thirds of the Ivy League's student body was born admitted to their family's university, even if they were challenged by successfully tying their own shoes.
At the state college level it was football players. Bubba Smith famously presented his professor with a sheet of paper with typed answers to the written essay final he'd just been given.
Both of those were big sources of income for the institution in question so awkward questions regarding qualification went unasked.
In the 1970s and 80s, Universities were reeling from a body blow. The draft had ended and suddenly a shit ton of young men no longer felt they had a need for a college education. The colleges started a massive (and sadly successful) campaign to convince the kids of working families that they were too good for manual labor.
This is a top ten lie
The results of this were temporarily kept within the bounds of sanity by freshmen attrition. During that time barely one third of a freshmen class would complete a college degree. Freshmen classes would start off in gigantic numbers but by Christmas 45% were gone. Working class families weren't gong to pay for an education that was yielding a 1.9 GPA.
As for student loans, you couldn't get them. At that time in order to qualify you had to either be authentically, desperately poor or able to prove that you had lived on your own for four years.
Bill Clinton did a shit load of damage to America when he was president but in terms of long term disaster nothing he did was worse than getting rid of these restrictions.
Once anyone could qualify for a student loan, the colleges started creating programs especially for illiterate students. These usually had the name "studies" in them.
The rest you know.
Now this professor describes himself as a deep progressive, therefore so as far as I'm concerned the sooner his students devour him the better. He is a big part of the problem.
What really offended his sensibilities was that his students showed him the end of the road he had been leading them down all along.