Curbing College Costs

For one term and one term only I was allowed to be on the higher education appropriations committee.

I asked every college president what percentage of his students graduated in four years.

That was after I discovered–to my great surpries–that most students took five years to graduate.

The reason?

Turns out that the students couldn’t schedule the required courses during the four years most of my generation took to get through undergraduate school.

I figured that was because state universities exist as much to employ people as to educated students.

But it won't cost less.

Now comes Interim and Past President and chief income tax hike advocate for former Governor Jim Edgar Stanley Ikenberry saying that 20% of University of Illinois students could graduate in three years.

“Time is money,” he accurately points out. “One of the hidden costs of college is forgone income.”

Full-time college. No summer breaks. Advance placement credit. Online courses.

Put them all together and one out of five might get out in three years.

As I read the article, I see there is a catch:

Tuition costs wouldn’t necessarily drop.

I guess where something seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.

Just when I thought there might be some relief to the way-over-the-cost-of-living increases in college tuition costs, my hopes are dashed.


Curbing College Costs — 1 Comment

  1. 1),I graduated from Sangamon State University, (now UISringfield). The school was set up, along with Governor’s State, as a Junior/Senior university and post grad work. The school had no campus. It was an intriguing concept that kept cost down.
    2) My daughter is going to the University of Sydney for post graduate work. Cost is half of US institutions, program is about 1/3 shorter. School is rated as high as our schools.
    Oh, btw, Australia has universal health care too.

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