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Bursting the University Bubble

RMan3 Wrote: Jan 19, 2013 1:01 PM
I teach at a state university in Illinois. We market ourselves as a "cheaper" college in the state. However, a freshman on campus this year will fork out at least $21,000 in tuition, room and board, fees, books, and other expenses. So, if you choose to live on campus for four years, the bill is at least $84,000. The cost is becoming prohibitive for average families. Meanwhile, our enrollment has dropped 15% in the last six years. Not surprisingly, the biggest enrollment drops have come in departments like art, theater, communication, sociology, etc. Parents & students are becoming wiser shoppers and are turning away from majors that have limited job opportunities beyond the walls of academia.
Milt37 Wrote: Jan 19, 2013 4:38 PM

Any wise parent in your state, or any other, would tell their kid that he has to choose a school he commute to. Living on campus is nothing but a big party/failing student waiting to happen.

It's also important to make sure they're paying for a meaningful education. Not all college degrees are created equally. Art? Buy them some 'paint by number' kits and lock in their room. Theater? Pay for a bus ticket to Hollywood or New York and tell them to get a job as a waiter(ess) until they're 'discovered', etc.
The last of the college applications have been rewritten, tweaked and polished, and at last entrusted to the tender mercies of the U.S. Mail or the Internet. Fretting over deadlines morphs into waiting, and yearning, wishing and praying for coveted letters of acceptance. This is the annual crisis in thousands of homes with ambitious high school seniors -- the high school seniors and their parents who still believe that college is the route to the American Dream.

But wait. While they play the conventional game of aspiration, certain scholars and economists, and hundreds of thousands of "concerned citizens" have initiated a...