Are Rising University Tuitions Justified?

February 14, 2012 in Daily Bulletin, Signature

On Pileus, Marc Eisner takes a look at the argument that tuition costs have risen too much, too quickly. He argues that students are getting something in return for the higher fees:

  • The most striking thing about the evolution of the university experience over the years is the change in the services provided.
  • Not too long ago university students were given fairly limited support and complete freedom. They were expected to come to their own decisions and adjust their own schedules. Course catalogues had to be picked up, and advisors were rare. Moreover the living facilities were basic with community television rooms and bland food the norm.
  • Now students have PhDs helping them through every step of the university process. The advisor’s approval is seemingly necessary for every little decision. Living conditions have also significantly improved with personal televisions and computers the norm, meaning that the university has to provide cable and internet. The quality and variety of the food has also significantly increased.

Eisner concludes by noting that the inflation adjusted $5,500 tuition he paid for a year of education reflected the quality of service that he received. To read more about the differences in the college experience between the past and present, the political implications of this change, and how this is interpreted from the university’s perspective, click here.

Source: Pileus

Via: Newmark’s Door