One of the elements of lots of family’s budgets is college tuition.
Without looking up the statistics, tuition has far outpaced increases in the general Consumer Price Index.
Today in the Chicago Tribune Ron Grossman offers a reason why:
“There has been a flight from the classroom by professors more interested in research and scholarship. So universities have had to invest a new job category–‘non-tenure-track’ faculty–the ivory tower’s versio of ‘Kelly girls.’ Now three-quarters of all college instructors, those ‘non-tenure-track’ faculty members are paid a pittance, but all those pittances add up. So tuition checks pay for two faculties–those who teach and those who increasingly don’t.
“Little wonder, the cost of college escalates and student debts become unbearable.
“So what should [Education Secretary Arne] Duca have told those academics: ‘Cut the crap. Get back to work.'”