The courses the student decides to take (and not take), the amount of
work the student does, the intellectual curiosity the student exhibits,
her participation in class, his focus and determination — all contribute
far more to her educational “outcome” than the college’s overall
curriculum, much less its amenities and social life. Yet most public
discussion of higher ed today pretends that students simply receive their education from colleges the way a person walks out of Best Buy with a television.