The College of 2020 – Executive Summary Chronicle of Higher Education June 24, 2009 Students are questioning the traditional model of education and asking why they should attend a campus and pay ever-increasing costs. On-line courses; an additional remedial “first year”; three-year programs; and personalized degrees drawn across multiple schools all reflect an industry having to respond to consumer demands for convenience – and lower costs.
Trends in College Pricing 2012 – From the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center Family incomes are down, but the cost of college continues to increase.
Attacking Diversity of Thought National Review, Feb 21, 2014 “More pernicious, however, is that they believe the question of justice is a settled matter. We know what justice is, so why let serious people debate it anymore? The millennia-old dialogue between Aristotle, Plato, St. Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Rawls, Rorty, Hayek et al.? Shut it down, people. Or at least if the conversation heads in a direction where the Korns, Chings, and Streisands smell “oppression” — as defined solely by the Left — then it must not be “put up with.” Diversity demands that diversity of opinion not be tolerated anymore.”
Want to Build a Better World? Go Greek Huffington Post – April 19,2012 “For all the negative press about fraternities and sororities, no one else does as much as they do to raise awareness about issues that matter… the college Greeks have actually been heroic in their attempts to move beyond conformity in order to achieve diversity.”
Fees: The Hidden Costs of Higher Education Fees USA Today July 27, 2011“Colleges are tacking on mandatory student fees at a time when state funding is dwindling and public universities are trying to hold the line on tuition.” Regarding athletic fees, “…many NCAA Division 1 schools don’t itemize what student fees pay for. Lawmakers in several states are demanding transparency.”
The Ailing State of our Universities The New Clarion Sept 2011 “College tuition and expenses have increased at five times the rate of inflation over the past three decades, forcing parents and students deeply into debt to meet the escalating costs…universities have great difficulty defining what their enterprise is for… Few businesses would dare to offer a highly expensive product that they are incapable of defining for the inquiring consumer. Yet this is what colleges and universities have done at least since the 1960s, and they have done so with surprising success.”
Time to Make Professors Teach Times of Texas June 8, 2011 (also at WSJ) Professor Richard Vedder suggests a way to cut college tuition in half – “simply by asking the 80% of faculty with the lowest teaching loads to teach about half as much as the 20% of faculty with the highest loads. The top 20% currently handle 57% of all teaching.”
Tuition – The Next Big Bubble msnbc.com March 22, 2012 “Two-thirds of the Class of 2010 graduating owing an average of $25,000 in student loans. More than a quarter of those students are behind on their payments. National student loan debt has reached $1 trillion, a new record”
Obama Tuition Caps Favor Wealthy Washington Times March 9, 2012 “Bizarre as it sounds, those who will benefit most from a presidential tuition cap are the wealthiest few, not the struggling middle class. But if government puts a tight cap on tuition, colleges will balance their budgets by cutting the scholarship fund. To fill their freshman classes, they will admit more students willing to pay full price..”
Comparison shopping for College Tuition NY Times Feb 25, 2012 “To assist prospective students and their families, the federal Department of Education has created a calculator on its College Navigator site that allows students to sort colleges in terms of average net price.”
Get Smart about College – Evaluating the Cost Wall Street Journal Sept 19, 2011 “Parents and students like to think they’re rational when it comes to picking a college and paying for it. They aren’t.”
Senior Administrators’ Pay Up 1.4% Inside Higher Ed Feb. 2, 2011 Private institutions outpace publics on gains in salaries of senior administrators.
Alternative Certification and Colorblind Racism Wall Street Journal Jan 26, 2012 “…degrees serve as an important signaling device to employers, lowering the costs of learning about the traits of the applicant. Because of the lack of good substitutes, colleges face little outside competition and can raise prices more, given their quasi-monopoly status. As college costs rise, however, people are asking: Aren’t there cheaper ways of certifying competence and skills to employers?”
Academic Freedom and Tenure NYTimes July 7, 2011 There is an “increasing tendency…to view higher education in vocational terms and to link questions of curriculum and funding to the realization of career goals.” Does this undermine the rationale for academic freedom: what is it, and should anyone have it?
Divided Loyalties: Trustee Conflicts of Interest Chronicle of Higher Ed March 14, 2010 “Colleges and board members alike are generally unwilling to make public many details about their financial relationships with trustees’ companies. But among private colleges, 64 percent allow such business deals, and only 38 percent require recusal and disclosure by the trustees involved.”