The students quoted in the article report no noticeable change in the quality of
instruction and wonder whether the university will just "throw around"
the extra tuition money. Almost all of the commenters here are concerned about
excessive spending by the universities. Many folks seem to be missing this
critical piece of information:"David Buhler, commissioner of
higher education, said reductions in state funding since the recession have
resulted in more of the cost burden for education being shifted to students.
Since 2008, he said, the proportion of college and university operating revenue
funded by the state has fallen from 63 percent to roughly 49 percent, depending
on the institution."For example, in 2007-2008 UVU received $4138
per full-time-equivalent student from state tax funds. In 2011-2012 they
received $2708. Tuition has increased because the schools receive dramatically
less funding (per student) from the state. The schools' spending per
student has actually been decreasing (not even taking inflation into account).
Suggestions that the universities are getting away with something and not
eliminating unnecessary spending are simply false and inflammatory.
I worked in higher education for much of my career. I have seen waste but not
any more than you would expect from a large organization that is restricted in
it's operational efficiency by state and federal law. Much of the
inefficiency is due to the restrictions/laws imposed on the institution to
hire/fire employees.Each institution has to compete for students
because the highest percentage of their operating budgets come from tutition and
fees. If their course offerings aren't as appealing to prospective
students as another institution then you lose students and funding. This same
principle also applies to having a sports program.I don't feel
this is a bad increase considering the real rate of inflation. I understand the
feelings of those who have posted already, but I believe there are other
programs and organizations that are much more wasteful and do much less to
benefit our society. Those are where we should focus our attention and anger.
This is one means of limiting the gene pool access to eduction, make it so
expensive that only wealthy genes can afford the schools. Maybe the schools
should look at eliminating overhead on high school courses and jobs and business
paid educators. Why are these students being required to pay college
tuition fees to bring up their high school degrees to a high school level of
education? Shouldn't high school classes be the responsibility of the state
to provide if the students were not getting the level of education they need to
enter college? No wonder the board of education wants to eliminate
the 12th grade as public school entitlements when they can send the kids to
colleges and make the students/parents buy their 12th grade classes with loans
and debts to the colleges. That's a billion dollar windfall to the BOE and
RDA development scam they are sharing, and billion dollar financial cash cow to
the schools. Its too bad the students who want an eduction have to buy it after
public school system have failed them so badly they can't comprehend how
serve the degradation of education has become.
If the University of Utah cut out inter school sports which have absolutely
nothing to do with education, how much could be saved? When schools contend that
they need more money but they have enough money for a football team, it's
like Obama claiming we need to raise taxes while he sends his children on
taxpayer funded luxury vacations. Some hypocrisy in here somewhere.
Higher ed does not have a revenue problem, they have a spending problem. For
decades now, they have gotten away with annual increases in fees far above the
rate of inflation.They continually add layers of administration and
bureaucracy, programs and courses of dubious value (albeit popular with the
political correct crowd). Who can name any higher ed programs, ineffective
courses, or non-essential jobs that have been eliminated int he last 1, 5 or 10
years?Everyone involved with approving this increase in costs should
be fired and replaced with people who can make tough management decisions and
deliver better value in education.
So, wages go down, unemployment is high, and state tuition increases. This is
insane. Apparently, everyone else must live on a budget but state schools