California College Shakes Up Higher Ed
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  • Corlyss

    Great! That might cut down on the degrees in basket weaving and philosophy of tanning.

  • California Professor

    The arithmetic does not add up. If students are paying $180/hr, a 3 credit course with 40 students will yield over $20,000 in tuition revenue. Hiring an adjunct to teach this course will cost under $5000. There is no additional overhead involved since the classrooms are already there, and offering these additional classes will probably lower other costs (since students will be graduating sooner with fewer subsidized classes). Why is SMCC making a profit from these students?

  • Mrs. Davis

    In this division training is what is necessary to gain an employable skill and education is what is necessary to be a well rounded person. Training will come down in cost. Education may not see price declines, except to the extent that the country club amenities are eliminated.

    Amherst, Williams and Haverford, Harvard, Stanford and Yale will be doing what they have been at pretty much the same price for those who can afford it or have sufficient merit. The signal value of the top 20 colleges and top 20 universities is just too valuable.

    Education will return to be the exclusive luxury it was prior to WWII. Unless someone finds a way to provide the life long learning that is talked about so much and provided so little.

  • CA (I’m a resident) is just using college tuition to get-around the difficulties in raising taxes & fees to support public sector unions.

    If CA moves money from education (UC, CSU, Community COlleges) to pay public sector bennies that they are unable to pay absent tax or fee increases (which now both require a 2/3 vote), then they get to pay their benefactors in the public unions, and the bill goes to those trying to improve their lives.

    It’s probably illegal to divert at least some of this money as they do, and it’s aboslutely immoral to rob those most intersted in their future to pay those least-able to compete in a post-industrial world (union members), but that’s what the Dems running this corrupt state have chosen to do. And yet… and yet .. students will continue to vote for those most-adept at destroying their futures…..

  • Jim.

    So are they going to use this money to expand their offerings of these courses such that the fees drop again? Or are they going to allow other campuses to compete in their market space with lower-priced classes?

    The full mechanism for self-correction must be in place for themrket to actually work, here.

  • Alex Weiner

    Schools like Umich, NYU, Berkley, Harvard etc… already do this. The (intra-collegiate political) trick they use is to break up the undergrad and grad programs into different ‘schools’ that charge different rates per credit. Very different than Bard where everything is the same price no matter who the professor is or how many students there are.

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