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Why college tuition keeps rising (Beyond the rate of inflation)
CNS News ^ | 09/23/2012 | Lynn O'Shaughnessy

Posted on 09/25/2012 2:11:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

(CBS MoneyWatch) For more than a decade, college tuition has been rising far beyond the rate of inflation at public colleges and universities. According to College Board figures, tuition and fees increased 5.4 percent annually above inflation in the decade since the 2001-2002 school year. Ouch.

A commentary that I saw from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York this week goes a long way towards explaining why students at public universities are getting pounded by soaring tuition. The main culprits seem to be state governments that have been ratcheting back their financial support.

Shrinking financial support for public universities

Here are some facts about why college students at state schools, which is where the majority of Americans receive their college degrees, are feeling the pinch:

1. From 2000 to 2010, funding per pupil at state universities fell by 21 percent - from $8,257 to $6,532 in inflation adjusted dollars.

2. Since 2008, when the recession hit, total public funding for higher education has declined by 14.6 percent.

3. Higher-ed support from states has varied dramatically. For instance, in 2010, the percentage change in public funding per pupil ranged from a negative 18 percent to a positive 16.7 percent. In California and New York, public funding declined by 11.6 percent and 7.5 percent respectively. The big winner was North Dakota, flush with energy money, which boosted its commitment to higher education by 16.7 percent, followed by Texas at 6.6 percent.

4. In every year from 2001 to 2011, at least a third of states experienced funding cuts and in more than half of those years, two-thirds of states did.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bubble; college; inflation; tuition

1 posted on 09/25/2012 2:12:05 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Because 18-year olds aren't smart enough to not bury themselves in debt if somebody offers them the opportunity.
2 posted on 09/25/2012 2:13:41 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And California has more admins than professors


3 posted on 09/25/2012 2:13:56 PM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: SeekAndFind

Because Liberals want to start class warfare.


4 posted on 09/25/2012 2:15:23 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (God Bless America!)
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To: SeekAndFind

To keep the big fat union PIG pension funds alive? I don’t need to read the article.


5 posted on 09/25/2012 2:15:56 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: SeekAndFind

Why college tuition keeps rising (Beyond the rate of inflation) ........ because the Liberal, Commie, Indoctrinator overlords are getting while the getting is good before the whole house of cards come crashing down ?


6 posted on 09/25/2012 2:16:26 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

In California the Unions and Illegals have first dibs on the money. The students aren’t smart enough to figure this out.


7 posted on 09/25/2012 2:18:21 PM PDT by desertfreedom765
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To: therightliveswithus

No mention of college administration and staff costs or easy credit for college loans increasing demand.


8 posted on 09/25/2012 2:20:33 PM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Because reducing expenses is not in the higher education lexicon - that’s why. Simple as that.


9 posted on 09/25/2012 2:25:00 PM PDT by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: SeekAndFind

As one person pointed out, everything in the world has changed, except how education is delivered. You could transport a college professor out of the classroom in the 1850’s and put him into a modern classroom and he could carry on teaching without much trouble.

I think this is about to change big-time. There is enough information on the internet that a person can easily educate themselves 70% of almost any college or tech degree and the other 30% they would then need classroom instruction.

In the near future, it’s possible to also have sophisticated simulations that can basically replace a teacher entirely.


10 posted on 09/25/2012 2:27:27 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: American Constitutionalist
...because the Liberal, Commie, Indoctrinator overlords are getting while the getting is good before the whole house of cards come crashing down ?

Especially since the SAT scores are the lowest in 40 years in the United States?

Bleed the students dry in college and then send them out into the world just as unqualified as they were when they entered college?

-PJ

11 posted on 09/25/2012 2:28:10 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't I naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do colleges raise tuition faster than the rate of inflation?

That’s like asking “Why do rock stars sleep with porn stars?” or “Why do professional athletes date supermodels?”

Because they can.


12 posted on 09/25/2012 2:30:26 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: SeekAndFind

Lord I hope tuition keeps rising beyond inflation rates. That means the death of higher education as we know it and that is a good thing. It means students seeking options that give more bang for the buck and overpayed tenured liberals losing their audiences.


13 posted on 09/25/2012 2:36:32 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: SeekAndFind

Same reason why the housing prices sky-rocketed back when.

EVERYONE should be able to have a home/college-education.

The government will provide easy/cheap loans so everyone can have a home/college-education.

And everyone is off and getting those cheap loans to get a home/education, thus increasing the demand.

Of course this is an artificial demand. And when those cheap and easy loans finally needed to be paid for those houses, the housing market tanked. Coming soon to the education business. Although it will still be awhile before the prices come back down. I’m guessing probably the year after my last kid graduates :(


14 posted on 09/25/2012 2:43:49 PM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: 21twelve

Great post

Here’s the BIG EDUCATION cycle:

Govt provides virtually unlimited cheap money for students to borrow
Schools raise prices to soak up funds
Schools pay admins and profs large salaries
Admins and profs donate to Democrats

and repeat


15 posted on 09/25/2012 2:47:07 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s no accident that the two fastest inflating sectors, healthcare and education, are the two sectors the government pumps massive amounts of money into.


16 posted on 09/25/2012 2:50:22 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: SeekAndFind

This woman is essentially saying that tuition’s rise because the taxpayers won’t cover whatever the the college wants to spend. No, tuition rises because the colleges don’t want to control what they spend.


17 posted on 09/25/2012 2:50:48 PM PDT by Old North State
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To: Jonty30

Shouldn’t this be a golden opportunity for someone to take advantage of in the free market? Why can’t conservatives create much cheaper colleges that will provide educations without the slant? Are there true costs keeping the price high or are there barriers to entry for new institutions?


18 posted on 09/25/2012 2:51:14 PM PDT by JediJones (KARL ROVE: "And remember, this year, no one is seriously talking about ending abortion.")
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To: JediJones
are there barriers to entry for new institutions?

I'm not sure how biased the various accreditation boards are vis a vis politics.

But you will always have the MSM running stories about which are the "correct" schools to attend......

19 posted on 09/25/2012 2:53:47 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: SeekAndFind

They have to pay for all those condos they built for students


20 posted on 09/25/2012 2:55:00 PM PDT by Despot of the Delta
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To: JediJones

That’s happening as we speak. For example, MIT has thrown all of their courses and course guidelines on the net, so that anybody motivated could go through everything MIT teaches on a course, using all the internet sources and textbook materials and acquire a free MIT education, on the book level anyway.

It’s expected, as I understand the transformation, that the education will be free, but the qualifying will still cost something.


21 posted on 09/25/2012 3:01:14 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: nascarnation

those accreditation boards are very left wing!

I know of an medical school that got dinged because it didn’t have the “right number” of black medical professors.


22 posted on 09/25/2012 3:02:37 PM PDT by Reily (l)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think the truth is that every time the government gives families another $2,000 tax break for tuition, tuitions go up $2,000. Big Education is Big Business, and they don’t seem to me to be hurting.


23 posted on 09/25/2012 3:06:48 PM PDT by Humble Servant (Work for the most conservative one in the race, and keep up the pressure.)
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To: SeekAndFind

easy.

Because the government keeps increasing how much it subsidizes it.

end all student aid and the price of college would drop like a rock. It’s called the free market!

and as usual government IS the problem and not the solution to it.


24 posted on 09/25/2012 3:06:48 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Jonty30

people have been able to buy old textbooks for practicly nothing and educate themselves for free for ages.


25 posted on 09/25/2012 3:08:08 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Yes, but the difference is that you will be able to study at a pace that you see fit and then go get formally qualified when you believe yourself ready to do so. Since the 1940’s, certainly, even if you knew everything about rocket science that could be known you still had to often sit through the classroom lectures.

Now much of that won’t be necessary.


26 posted on 09/25/2012 3:23:09 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

you can always read at your own pace, and can test out of subjects that you can prove you have mastered without taking them.


27 posted on 09/25/2012 3:36:42 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Yes, you can master your subject any time. You can work 168 hours a week towards that, but you can’t just hang out a shingle and expect people to take you seriously without accreditation.

This is what is changing. You’ll be able to acquire accreditation without having to sit through hours of lectures to write hundreds of papers to do it. That’s the difference. Formal accreditation without a formal education.

Just like it used to be.


28 posted on 09/25/2012 3:44:10 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Duh. Do we really need to answer this, or can I get back to why what goes up must come down?


29 posted on 09/25/2012 3:46:25 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: SeekAndFind
This topic reminds me of some campaign material I received in the mail from a Democratic candidate for governor in the state where I attended college at a state institution. It blared his support for all of these various financial aid measures for students state schools, criticized his GOP opponent for supporting massive cuts in these student aid programs, and urged me to call on my state legislator to get him to restore the GOP-led cuts.

I actually took the time to send the guy a response. It said something to this effect: "I was informed by the financial aid office in [XXX] University that I do not qualify for any of those programs, so I've spent the last six years paying my own way through school. I have at least another year and a half to go. Rest assured that I will be voting for your opponent, since I really hope he cuts every penny of that sh!t."

30 posted on 09/25/2012 4:10:26 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do college tuition keeps rising because it’s giant organized crime syndicate.


31 posted on 09/25/2012 4:13:04 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again")
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To: SeekAndFind; All

The #1 problem of the government funded colleges and universities is that they have way too many administrators and non-teaching positions.

The simple solution would be to fire the admin and non-teaching positions....but those positions are protected by politicians in BOTH the GOP and DNC.....for themselves when they leave politics...or for their friends

That is where your ballooning college costs are occurring.


32 posted on 09/25/2012 4:25:33 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: SeekAndFind

“Why college tuition keeps rising (Beyond the rate of inflation)”

Because of free Federal student loan money, and thus, just like the entire Federal Bloc, no accountability to anyone or anything.


33 posted on 09/25/2012 4:42:31 PM PDT by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: American Constitutionalist

The tuition goes up and then the amount that can be borrowed under the student loan program goes up so tuition goes up again. It’s the universities share for promoting liberalism and democrats.


34 posted on 09/25/2012 5:06:40 PM PDT by duffee (Romney 2012, NEWT 2016)
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To: nascarnation
“Admins and profs donate to Democrats”

Another great observation. Plus, these same profs in many cases are indoctrinating the students (new voters) in Liberalism.

35 posted on 09/25/2012 5:11:00 PM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: 21twelve

Mitch Daniels, current Indiana governor, who has done a fine job of budget cutting in our state, will be the new President of Purdue University in January.

The liberals are already screaming bloody murder. It will be fun to watch him in that job.


36 posted on 09/25/2012 5:49:58 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: SeekAndFind

The higher education bubble bursts when some state legislature does three things.

1) Gets a list of majors offered by his state’s universities, and compares it to a list of how many graduates with that major were placed in a job in that field within six months after graduation. Some majors will have very high job placement, many will have a big goose egg.

2) Then he will tell his colleagues that the purpose of the state subsidy to higher education is so that high school graduates can get better jobs than they could otherwise. So the state should discontinue supporting majors that do not result in good jobs based on those majors.

3) Then the legislature will vote that state aid will only go to support serious majors, and if students want to take frivolous majors, they will have to pay the FULL cost themselves.

The end result to this will be universities reduced in size by two thirds, with much lower tuition for “good” majors, and students no longer in debt for decades to get a degree in sub-Saharan basket weaving.


37 posted on 09/25/2012 6:03:12 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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