Of more concern is the survey's report that 29 percent of students said there are courses in which students must agree with the professor's political or social views in order to get a good grade. That sort of intellectual oppression ought to be exposed in the evaluations of professors that students fill out each term, but according to 83 percent of the students polled, there isn't anything on the evaluation form to report a professor's imposing his irrelevant political and social ideology on the class.
Professorial bias against conservatives in general and President George W. Bush in particular is exceeded only by the bias against traditional morality. We are indebted to columnist John Leo for revealing the shockers at Wesleyan University: "the naked dorm, the transgender dorm, the queer prom, the pornography-for-credit course, the obscene sidewalk chalking, the campus club named crudely for a woman's private part," and more.
Prospects for change in campus bias any time soon are dim because of the lock radicals have on the hiring of new professors, the granting of tenure, and selection of publications by academic journals and the university press.
Meanwhile, tuition and fees were up 10.5 percent last year and 14 percent the year before. Over the last 25 years, tuition increases have annually exceeded the consumer price index by 3.5 percent.
The scandal that more than 30 percent of university students do not graduate within six years is a direct consequence of the easy availability of government grants and loans. Why hurry if your easygoing campus lifestyle is heavily subsidized, even for taking remedial courses to learn what you failed to learn in high school?
On the other hand, university presidents are doing better and better: 42 presidents of private colleges and 17 presidents of public universities draw salaries of more than $500,000 a year. Nine universities pay their presidents more than $700,000.
There is no evidence that the taxpayers are getting more for their money, or that students are learning more, or even that additional revenues are spent on instruction. The average score on the Graduate Record Exam is lower today than in 1965.
The exorbitant rise in tuition is largely caused by increased amounts of government money spent without accountability or any kind of market discipline. Federal grants and loans to students provide a direct financial incentive to colleges to raise the sticker price of tuition in order to extract more from the government as well as from students and their parents who don't receive financial aid.
The only way to put a lid on tuition prices is to eliminate the tremendous incentive caused by government subsidies. Follow the money.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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