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If Purdue can freeze
tuition, so can others

USA Today, by Editorial

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Posted By:garnet, 5/15/2014 8:48:13 AM

College costs have risen so fast for so long — from about $1,600 a year at a four-year public college in 1973 to more than $18,000 in 2013 — that schools brag when tuition rises by less than the customary amount. Last fall, a trade group for private colleges crowed about a hike of 3.6%, in a time of dormant inflation. Public colleges and universities boasted that tuition and fees rose at "the slowest rate in over 30 years."You´d think that freezing tuition or — heaven forbid — cutting it was impossible. In fact, it isn´t. Just ask Mitch Daniels,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: CaptainLibra, 5/15/2014 9:05:11 AM     (No. 9849426)

It´s too bad Daniels isn´t sitting in the Oval Office instead of Purdue!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: horacer, 5/15/2014 9:14:14 AM     (No. 9849443)

I couldn´t agree more #1. Why is basic common sense such a rare commodity these days?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 5/15/2014 9:24:06 AM     (No. 9849450)

When I attended a state school 40 years ago, tuition was fifty dollars a semester plus perhaps another twenty in various usage fees. I checked my old school´s website a few weeks ago to find that tuition is now around five thousand a semester, and nearly twice that if the student chooses to live in a dormitory. This represents an increase at least ten times what can be accounted for by inflation. Surely this is evidence of an informal conspiracy between administrators, who use that money to pad their already-exorbitant salaries, and Big Government that, by making government-backed student loans a universal necessity, seeks to recruit students to the ranks of the government-dependent at an early age.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: wendybird, 5/15/2014 9:41:15 AM     (No. 9849472)

Considering the actual benefit in learning that most colleges provide now, they could cut costs by simply getting rid of their professors and charging the same tuition for a four year party with a diploma.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: socaworld, 5/15/2014 9:58:40 AM     (No. 9849501)

I teach in the Big Ten. Daniels was my governor (hint, hint). Three of the major reasons for tuition/cost increases are: proliferation of administrators, cost of the regulations implemented by said regulators, and the edifice/legacy complex of University Presidents and Trustees. Tuition is up more than 40% here in a decade, but the quality of our students´ educations is not.

Not everyone needs to have a university degree; it is a psychological pressure game inflicted upon insecure parents. Roughly half of the undergrads I see would be better off working for a couple of years after high school, and then considering whether to devote four years to collegiate study.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: hotcorner, 5/15/2014 10:13:27 AM     (No. 9849532)

Daniels is the only sensible public official who has the balls to do common sense budgeting and budget cutting. He´d be President but he didn´t want to put his family through the campaign. Good man.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 5/15/2014 11:26:03 AM     (No. 9849655)

I remember interviewing at Cornell some years ago. They couldn´t tell me exactly how many people they had working for the university.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Susannah, 5/15/2014 11:30:58 AM     (No. 9849664)

You got that right, #5. Even the small schools are overloaded with useless administrators. I know of one place (1300 students) that has now, in addition to the customary dean of the faculty and dean of students, a dean of multiculturalism and a dean of diversity and inclusion. I´m truly surprised there isn´t a dean of LGBTQ affairs. Coming soon, no doubt.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 5/15/2014 1:29:42 PM     (No. 9849847)

#5 - The pressure on young children to go to college is tremendous. You notice that the Common Core mantra is "college and career ready" rather than "career and college ready." It is a mark of the success of the brain washers of the testing companies, Department of (Mis)Education, and the entrenched academia throughout the land that even students who are borderline IQ believe that they are going to college.

The education bureaucracy and vested companies and "experts" are destroying the ability of students to learn the fundamentals. Someone please explain why a 3rd grade student needs to know or understand the Pythagorean theorem or equation. For the brainy advanced student, it makes a little sense, but for the majority of "average" students it is defeating and pointless. Instead of students getting the help they need to be competent in the fundamentals of their subjects, they are pushed to learn pointless exercises all in the name of what "THE DATA" says students should be doing. In fact, all students are now basically data to the edumacation establishment - or as Pink Floyd put "just another brick in the wall."

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