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    If you subsidize them, they will come.

    If you subsidize them, they will come.

    Kathleen

    “[The] University of Nebraska-Lincoln is proposing a new tuition structure to allow it to charge engineering students significantly more for a bachelor’s degree than it charges English majors. … According to research by Glen Nelson, senior vice president of finance and administration for the Arizona Board of Regents, only five institutions used the practice for undergraduate students before 1988. As of this year, 57 percent of 162 public research institutions did so, including the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.”

    This strikes me as pretty silly. Subsidizing groups of study (since I assume they will not adjust the teacher salaries to fit this model) will only yield a distortion in the number of people studying certain topics. The sciences and engineering majors may technically use more dollars for materials and space, but they also receive research and development grants also help run these departments. Though they will raise some money for now, these schools will attract less talent and will see their grant money start to deplete.

    The way I see it now, the system actually works pretty well…. I mean, with the whole “everyone pays the same thing.” (After all, private four year colleges increase tuition prices by more than two dollars for every dollar increase in Pell Grants, and public colleges increase theirs by .97 for every dollar increase. From 1979 to the present day, college tuition has increased in price by roughly 160%, while the average median family income has increased by 10%.)

    Thoughts?

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    @plauer – I'll take that deal. Where do I sign?

    The dismal state of public education in grade school and high school moves on to the next level. It makes perfect sense to our Czars who'll undoubtedly support stuff like this.

    Our education system is deeply flawed, forcing students into expensive four year (or 6 or 8) programs leading to degrees that won't measure what all this money and 'learning' produces. Some prestigious schools are 'pass-fail' so prospective employers won't know what they are getting when it comes time to hire these kids.

    Just as a contrast, we decry the lack of primary care physicians yet subsidize medical students to go into specialties we don't need, where profits are guaranteed. So, while other countries start their students into medical school after two years of colllege, and avoid underpaying primary care physicians, we see this scheme is already in use in Medicine.

    And, in Mass. they'd make graduates agree to accept socialized medicine fee schedules as a condition for licensure in this state. This should all make the calls for privitation of higher education louder, let's see. . .

    Perhaps if we are trying to charge tuition based upon the percieved worth of the degree, they ought to be LOWERING the cost of the humanities degrees?

    Of course, hard science and engineering majors who feel that they paid more to pursue a harder course of study may be very reluctant alumni donors.


     
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    sort of runic rhyme | May 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

    To be consistent, upon graduation those cheaper liberal arts degrees should be signified on 20 lb. bond B/W folded photocopies from Kinko's and handed out in a gymnasium, and the more expensive math and science on scrolled parchment and ink ceremoniously awarded in a serious building.

    I could accept this on the condition that they disclose to all incoming freshman that not all degrees are created equal, actually that ANY degree does not GUARANTEE a sucessful career. This is purely a selfish motive so I no longer have to hear anyone cry about how they did everything right (I made it to college because I chose to abort the baby I was pregnant with in high school, then I got four degrees one in sociology, women's studies, post colonialism, and english) and they just can't understand why they can't land a real job and are unable to pay off their $100k in student loans with their waitress salary. Perhaps if they know this in advance I will not have to read another petition begging the government for student loan forgiveness.


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