Skip to comments.Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition...
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 ...
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.
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’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.
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.
Long past time for the government to stop subsidizing 4-year degrees in trans-gendered Aleutian folk music.
A disaster in the making. Good article.
Hey, I have a degree in Trans-Gendered Aleutian Folk Music, and I’m doing quite well, thank you very much.
Just read through the article... it’s all Reagan’s fault.
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.
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.
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.
If easy student loans had not been available, the universities would not have been able to raise tuition and have students.
alleged high health costs gave us the ACA . . .
what can high education cost give us ?
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.
I think that you have something there.
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.
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.
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