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