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Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition...
SALON magazine ^ | 6/8/2014 | Thomas Frank

Posted on 06/09/2014 6:33:02 AM PDT by Loud Mime

Tuition is up 1,200 percent in 30 years. Here's why you're unemployed, crushed by debt -- and no one is helping

The price of a year at college has increased by more than 1,200 percent over the last 30 years, far outpacing any other price the government tracks: food, housing, cars, gasoline, TVs, you name it. Tuition has increased at a rate double that of medical care, usually considered the most expensive of human necessities. It has outstripped any reasonable expectation people might have had for investments over the period. And, as we all know, it has crushed a generation of college grads with debt. Today, thanks to those enormous tuition prices, young Americans routinely start adult life with a burden unknown to any previous cohort and whose ruinous effects we can only guess at.

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


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KEYWORDS: colleges; education; scheme; tuition
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1 posted on 06/09/2014 6:33:02 AM PDT by Loud Mime
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Full Title: Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition, bankrupt generations, and hypnotize the media
2 posted on 06/09/2014 6:33:51 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com Check it out.)
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Yep. Not a peep about this, because they know people will break their backs and their own finances to send their kids to college, no matter how much they raise expenses.


3 posted on 06/09/2014 6:39:24 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by it"s weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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Of course tuition has gone up. The massive decline in state support has driven this madness as state funds continue to be rerouted to welfare programs. But hey, let’s kick education to the curb and continue the transformation to a welfare state run by organized criminals of the DC empire.


4 posted on 06/09/2014 6:39:45 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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There’s a simple method to the scheme. Every single university in the nation....hired up a massive support apparatus after WW II...people who aren’t professors and don’t really provide educational support....other than paperwork or pretending to do paperwork. Since no state legislature is willing to take them on...it’s a mammoth who can only grow larger. You’d think that state legislatures would get smart and create a new university operation...with a limit of one support person to each professor, and suddenly flip the tuition episode upside down with $300 classes in existence once again.


5 posted on 06/09/2014 6:39:48 AM PDT by pepsionice
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I graduated from college in 1979, had a family, had a job, went to night school, paid for my courses as I went along, and didn’t owe a penny to anyone when I walked to my car after my last class. That was a 4-year degree at night. Didn’t owe a penny.

Then all of a sudden up comes government loans and all kinds of crap started: increased tuitions, 4-year degrees became 5 year degrees, etc.


6 posted on 06/09/2014 6:40:43 AM PDT by laweeks
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Long past time for the government to stop subsidizing 4-year degrees in trans-gendered Aleutian folk music.


7 posted on 06/09/2014 6:42:56 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Shoot cops that shoot dogs.)
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A disaster in the making. Good article.


8 posted on 06/09/2014 6:43:40 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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Hey, I have a degree in Trans-Gendered Aleutian Folk Music, and I’m doing quite well, thank you very much.


9 posted on 06/09/2014 6:45:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Just read through the article... it’s all Reagan’s fault.


10 posted on 06/09/2014 6:45:33 AM PDT by glorgau
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Salon is just plowing the ground for Obama’s executive order bailout of student loans. No, he has no power to spend this money, but will the GOP stop him in an election year? We all know the answer to that. And the ignorant student voters will turn out in droves to vote Democrat.


11 posted on 06/09/2014 6:46:38 AM PDT by txrefugee
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I graduated from a state college in Washington in 1975. Tuition my first year was under $450 for the year. By the time I graduated it was up to about $600 for the year. Room and board was under $1,000; and the food was excellent.


12 posted on 06/09/2014 6:47:30 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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Of course tuition has gone up. The massive decline in state support has driven this madness as state funds continue to be rerouted to welfare programs. But hey, let’s kick education to the curb and continue the transformation to a welfare state run by organized criminals of the DC empire.

There are also two other problems:

1. Young people have been convinced that ANY/EVERYONE can succeed in college.

2. Our young people were taught to have IMMENSE self esteem at the expense of learning to read and write. With that they will CRASH AND BURN in college--and will feel good about it.

Ah, the 60's return.

13 posted on 06/09/2014 6:49:10 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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Hey, I have a degree in Trans-Gendered Aleutian Folk Music, and I’m doing quite well, thank you very much.

Lol.

14 posted on 06/09/2014 6:49:34 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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If easy student loans had not been available, the universities would not have been able to raise tuition and have students.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 6:49:35 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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alleged high health costs gave us the ACA . . .
what can high education cost give us ?


16 posted on 06/09/2014 6:49:47 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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Another trend is to push many high school courses to the college level. The increased costs of the same course was justified by easing the requirements for a H.S. diploma.

Somehow, that makes sense to a liberal.


17 posted on 06/09/2014 6:52:32 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com Check it out.)
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I think that you have something there.


18 posted on 06/09/2014 6:53:06 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com Check it out.)
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But hey, let’s kick education to the curb...

Calling university tuition what it currently, unequivocally is... overpriced... is certainly not "kicking education to the curb." I'm all for education, but I'm not going to bankrupt my family to provide it. That would be stupid, with or without a degree.

19 posted on 06/09/2014 6:54:32 AM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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Look no further than supply and demand. The economy measures “demand” in dollars. The more dollars you throw at something, the greater the demand. More money for education hasn’t meant more opportunity for education... it’s meant greater cost of education. And it’s an inelastic good... so we’ll pay it.


20 posted on 06/09/2014 6:55:46 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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