I thought Sandford’s first response was a little flippant, but I didn’t feel that his second, longer response was that bad. If anything, I somewhat appreciated his candor.
On the one hand, we complain about how students aren’t adequately informed about student debt loads and put at least part of the blame on schools themselves. And then on the other, when a school brings that up to a student, it’s a huge problem? And for a humanities graduate degree? Which does not have the same financial returns that the professional degrees you cited — law, medicine, dental, etc. I don’t think he’s a bad person by suggesting that maybe a student works between undergraduate and graduate programs in order to earn some money.