College tuition soars as states reduce funding

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  • Irritabull CHESTER, NE
    March 7, 2013 7:52 p.m.

    The liberal arts colleges are a waste of time for most students. They come out with a huge
    debt or having spent a small fortune and go to work as a substitute teacher. Teachers at
    most of the big schools can retire at age 55 with large pensions and the work they do is
    mostly repetition . No incentive is offered for making the schools more productive and
    cost efficient. I favor the online schools for teaching and it could be made very affordable. Once a Set of CD's as high quality teaching aids is completed and tested it
    could be offered for $500.00 or less for the entire course. A great percentage of time
    in college is recreation or fluff stuff such as glass blowing, badminton, etc. I experienced this when I was working for a college. And it was a very costly college at
    the time. Around $28,000.00 per year.

  • Harley Rider Small Town, CT
    March 7, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    @Eliyahu LOL - verified by Snopes - man do you ever guzzle the Koolaid! - Obama is the biggest Champion for Amnesty in Washington - and do you live in a cave ? Illegals have Receive Health Care , Social Services , Food Stamps , Housing Vouchers , and they invade schools systems by the hordes , meanwhile most haven't paid a dime in taxes. Governor Rick Perry from Texas made the comment of up to 100 K per illegal - Snoop that , but Obama has also made comments about providing college education for the children of illegals.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 7, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    @Harley Rider:

    Virtually everything you listed is either myth or urban legend. Illegals get none of the things you've claimed they do, and Obama has offered nothing to them in educational benefits. Go to the snopes web site and do a search for "Pell Grants" for some facts.

  • Harley Rider Small Town, CT
    March 7, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    This is a case where being an illegal might benefit, as Obama has stated that the children of illegals have the right to be educated and he will provide up to 100 K for that education. I say why not we've given them everything else - Health Care . Social Security , Housing , Jobs . Public Schools . Why not give them a free college education as well. The American Tax Payer can afford it , just have to tighten our belts a bit more, but everyone is getting used to that

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    March 7, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    Online Learning, CBT, whatever the buzzwords use, have been the "just around the corner" solution for 20 years. We haven't figured it out yet. I hope some of the new, creative solutions incorporating engaged communities of learning and actual, real-time interaction with a teacher (not a researcher/scholar) will bear fruit. The jury is still out...

    Some people do not learn from page turning software...they require interaction and the help of a human. When we can build that into online, far reaching approaches, we'll be there.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 7, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    "The vice-grip is worse for Utah schools..."; Unless this alleged grip involves prostitution, drugs or booze, the word they really needed here was "vise-grip."

    Be that as it may, those who are looking for an affordable education in trades, technology or health care would do well to look at Utah's Mountainland Applied Technology College campuses, where tuition rates are kept within the reach of even part-time workers. The Practical Nursing school at the Lehi campus is one of the best-kept secrets in the State, with the entire cost for the program running about $2,600. The apprenticeship programs, IT training, business training, and other programs are similarly affordable. See the Mountainland Applied Technology College web site for more information. It's a State-run school that we're supporting with our taxes and not a private for-profit school, so let's use it and benefit from it.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 7, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Who cares? The entire traditional university model will soon by a relic and a memory. Higher education is rapidly decentralizing and moving toward a web-based delivery, which is a vast improvement for the majority of professional fields of study. Which is better: Sitting in on a Physics 101 class delivered by a teacher's aide at a local JC, or joining tens of thousands online to learn Physics from a Physics Nobel laureate via a Massive Open Online Community (MOOC) event, and at a fraction of the cost? There is the future, friends and neighbors, and it will be realized within the next decade. Maybe much sooner.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 7, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    How about higher ed just tighten their belts like public ed has been forced to do with less money and more students.

  • KC Mormon Edgerton, KS
    March 7, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Liberal Ted,
    How about removing things like rock climbing walls and all the frivolous spending that goes on building items to try and entice students to pick this school over that one? As a parent of children who will one day attend college I am more concerned with what they learn than what activities they will have to keep them occupied. Building, maintaining, and operating all those activities costs money, what would the cost of an education be if we simply focused on the education not the play time? I do agree however that many of the courses need to be removed or made as optional not mandatory. You would find a lot less students signing up for the fluff classes if they had to pay for them without any mandate for their degree.

  • Brian Wasilla, AK
    March 7, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    There is more fraud committed in the name of "education" then on all the used car lots in the world.

  • Sky Is Not Falling Cedar Hills, UT
    March 7, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    As a daddy of college student I'd say Utah colleges average have good value. Look around, $30K tuition a year is common in California or East Coast somewhere. If student has to pay more to get education, let be it as long as it still worth its value in students' minds.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    Instead of requiring 30-40 credit hours of fluff classes that have nothing to do with your degree. Let's eliminate some of these required classes and make them an optional course. That will cut down on time students stay at thd University. Or have them take the fluff classes through the community college, and leave the University for the last two years of the actual degree, Masters and Doctorate etc.

    The fact of the matter, it comes down to money. The more students a school brings in the more Federal, State and tuition dollars they get. Simple math. The more ridiculous classes they require you to take, the more money they make. The more times they grade on a curve and fail 20% and only pass 50% with a high enough grade to advance, the more money they make.

    It's a game of hoops and who's daddy donates more to the school and gets the free pass. Maybe one day these soo called diverse and open minded schools will become what they claim to be, instead of what they really are.