on at St Johns University was about $2,000.00 per year, It is now $36,000 per year. an increase of 1800%. There is no cost justification for this increase.
Gasoline cost $1,20 per gallon in 1978 it is $3,60 a gallon now a 300% increase.
A new car was $7,200,00 it is now $42,000 an increase of 5.9%
The cost of electricity has only increase by 27%
The median household income in 1978 was $17,000 a year it is now $55,000 about a 300% increase.
Universities and Colleges pay no taxes, so there is no increase to apply.
Health care went up....but only by 185%
So,,,,what is the justification for an 1800% increase in tuition? In Private and public institutions.
When did tuition start to rise so quickly?
Why were tuitions increased so dramatically?
The business model of higher education changed some time in the 1980s....Large sums of monies from endowments and tuition became "investment vechiles.".
Follow the money and you will find that there are many billions of dollars, held in trust by private and public higher educational institutions.
You may find that all those "for-porfit" colleges are small change.
om's comment about "whoever has the gold makes the rules" is where the change will occur.
Right now many parents are already opting out of the existing public education system, either to send their kids to private schools, or to home school them. Many more are beginning to send their kids to the growing number of charter schools, funded with a combination of public and private dollars.
This is just putting the education choice into the hands of the consumer, who is the parent, and the student.
Right now public schools, private schools and charter schools are just different versions of "thinking inside the box" where there is structured curriculum where kids get some sort of credential (report card/diploma) that indicates they have mastered enough information to move to the next level. The credibility of these indicators can be part of a thousand other discussions.
So far, the signature on the report card/diploma for a K-12 student comes from the traditional school.
I think the first major change/breakthrough will come with the signature on the diploma comes from a local college/or a distant college/ that offers the curriculum through the Internet and contracts with a variety of traditional and non-traditional groups to mentor students into learning from this curriculum.
Such groups could be the current mix of public/private/charter schools, home school parents, or a new group of competitors, consisting of local parent networks, local church/business/parent groups, the Boys & Girls Clubs, or any place with access to the Internet where adults can help kids learn from the content provided by who every puts their name on the diploma.
As long as there is "credibility" in that institution, this can happen....IF, the purchasing decision is in the hands of the consumer (parent) and not the bureacracy (government/local schools system).
How this affects the institutions of higher education, with huge expense commitments for the buildings on their campuses, remains to be seen. However, I suspect there are task forces trying to figure ways to stay relevant, and competitive, in this new era.…
same course and teacher's are well trained in their subjects but still why we find such difference when we see student from this two types of school. Why can't we have the same environment so the students are bright enough to handle our nation.…