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Published: Monday, March 18 2013 8:40 p.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I've worked construction all my life and have known a lot of college graduates shoveling right along side me. It's money that matters and you will do what is necessary in the real world.

Saint George, UT

Great comment, Mark 1.

As a recent college graduate and the child of a high school teacher, I think many high school teachers work harder than many college professors. Now, I have no idea what the professors make, but most days they teach two or three classes and have one hour for students to visit their office for help/questions, then they're gone. And at a small school, like DSC, there were no TA's to fill in and help.

Xenia, OH

So why are state governments bending over backwards to give in state tuition, grants and loans to illegal aliens?..

The Taxman
Los Angeles, CA

Are you people aware that we grant 750k foreign visas (mostly to foreign students) and the upward effect that has on tuition? Removing a few hundred thousand foreign students from our campuses would create downward (market-based) pressure on tuition.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

There are several forces demanding change in higher ed.

One, states decreasing financial support. Thus, universities have to raise tuition and find alternative funding, requiring overt marketing activities to attract student dollars and donations. Schools have to then please donors and students rather than simply educate students. Foundations dictate hires and hamstring how donations are spent -- often not to the benefit of students or learning. Some money is used to influence student thinking (e.g., Koch Foundation). States need to better support education.

Two, free online classes from Harvard and Stanford, taught by elite professors. Sure, they aren't making much money -- like most free online services (think Facebook, Groupon) -- but they're proliferating and are destined to impact the need for bricks-and-mortar schools.

Three, recognition that most university 'research' is largely inconsequential and yet faculty spend significant resources to publish in elite journals that aren't helping students or contributing to society. I've seen research on Thanksgiving rituals, fortune cookie fortunes, and Chinese fashion advertising from the 1930s... no wonder legislatures think universities are irrelevant!

Universities need to reinvent themselves to demonstrate real value to society – as true economic engines for good – or die!

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