« Potential disruptors in the higher education space. II | Main | A valuable new offering at StraighterLine »

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

tdaxp

Obama's words clearly single he plans to do nothing, as in recent years the hike in tuition costs have been driven by a decrease in state funding.

So his words, with that unstated fact stated, become:

"If you can’t stop tuition from going up because the funding you get from the taxpays is going down, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down."

Lloyd comments: There is no doubt that recent tuition hikes in the public sector have been driven by decreasing state funding. However, the underlying issue for many years has been that the cost of providing the education has increased much faster than inflation. There was little reason for colleges to control costs when there was lots of money around, coming from both states and the federal government. Obama is just saying that colleges have to get serious about controlling costs if they want to continue getting educational aid from the federal government, which seems to me to be perfectly reasonable in a time of constrained resources. Whether his proposal appropriately takes into account the pressures on tuition caused by decreasing state support is debatable.

The comments to this entry are closed.

SUBSCRIBE TO THIS SITE

  • I try to publish a new post at least monthly, more often when possible. If you are interested in receiving full texts of the new posts immediately, you can subscribe via your favorite news reader or have it emailed to you by clicking "subscribe" in the Navigation Bar just below the Blog title. You can also have it pushed to your Facebook news feed by giving the site a "thumbs up":

Become a Fan

Questions or comments?

  • If you have questions or comments not related to a specific post, please feel free to email me using the button below:

Lloyd's Other Sites

Facebook Google Plus LinkedIn Twitter

Creative Commons

Blog powered by Typepad