Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
This may come as a bit of a surprise to you but I've been friends with a small number of Bachelor of Science graduates of C.S.U.'s Landscape Architecture School who all were making six figures. A couple of these guys paired-up after a number of years doing solely architecture and moved into total large-scale site development and retired in their late 40's both multi-millionaires. Nary a one ever laid a single roll of sod. Given that approximately 10% of the cost of building construction is spent on quality landscape construction, the architecture and irrigation systems design (some of these quite sophisticated in the area of fluid dynamics I must add) is a significant portion of that ten percent figure. 10% of multi-million dollar homes is a chunk of change and if the little woman wants a 200 gallon per minute re-circulating stream and pond to go wandering throuh her acreage, well, "No job is too big." In all seriousness, when you are witness to one of those 8,000 square foot and larger homes going up on a multiple acre plot, generally speaking both structural and landscape architects work in tandem from the conceptual phase on, and it is not uncommon for the landscaping aspect of such homes to run well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not significantly more. Been there, contracted that.That said, paying Colorado State University (or any other institution) Masters Degree monies for a non-accredited program was the mistake, not necessarily the discipline. "Caveat Emptor."
There is a bigger crime here. Why does any institution have to wait till the first graduating class for accreditation? That process ought to be in place BEFORE any program can be initiated. The students should also cross sue the accreditation agency.As it is the bigger scam is that schools are accredited, not the students. It ought to be the other way around.
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