Texas schools pushing to make Gov. Rick Perry's vision for $10,000 bachelor's degrees a reality

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  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Dec. 2, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    To Midwest Mom:

    You are still fighting the last war - the election. This isn't about republicans or democrats, it's about reigning in student debt, a $1 trillion dollar problem now. The dems were AT LEAST as culpable for giving away student loans without any Hows (How will they repay it), whys (why loan money to students for degrees that won't lead to a job that will enable them to repay it), wherefores (what reason is there possibly for all the higher ed subsidies without some controls on how the funds are used. Most has ended up as professor salaries/benefits and fancy new buildings and has done little to make education better or more affordable. Education inflation has outpaced the CPI for 25+ years in SPITE of the subsidies!).

    I get mid-west politics. I lived there for years. The education establishments has talked taxpayers into funding much higher than average wage and benefit packages for education workers - largely govt employee unions - than is justified by economic or market realities. We have the opposite problem in the west: too little funding for education.

    But I applaud any effort to see how we can make education more efficient and affordable.

  • LVIS Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    Midwest Mom
    Soldiers Grove, WI
    "Republicans are very good at coming up with utopian ideas without producing the hows, whys and wherefores"

    Did I read that correctly? Republicans? Unlike, oh, Barney Frank and 'housing is a right', and Obama's 'healthcare is a right', etc. Talk about utopian ideas without producing the hows, whys, and wherefores. And if you don't understand Barney's role in the housing crisis, you need to do a little homework.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Dec. 1, 2012 10:18 p.m.

    Republicans are very good at coming up with utopian ideas without producing the hows, whys and wherefores. Whether it's dong the work to produce legitimate research or the cost to make things happen, this will be yet another unfunded "war." Sounds more like a segue to introduce more for-profit diploma mills.

    This isn't about making higher education more affordable, it's about trying to skimp on essentials.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Dec. 1, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    I like the concept. Get professors teaching more classes, tighten belts, streamline programs. I'm not sure why a college education at a state university needs to be $50,000 or more. Put the bar at 10K and MAKE the colleges figure how to make it work.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Dec. 1, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    So ... degrees in nothing, leading to nothing jobs.