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  •  In 1991, Cal-Berkeley's budget was (5+ / 0-)

    1.27 billion.

    In 2011, its budget was 1.67 billion.

    In 1991, the state subsidy per student was 16,450.

    In 2011, the state subsidy per student was 9,760.

    In that period, tuition skyrocketed by 750%, or about $9,000, which (inflation-adjusted) is precisely the difference between state-subsidy per student in 1991 and 2011.

    When you look at the numbers, costs are not the concern. Lack of support should be the big concern.

    In 20 years, expenditures at Cal-Berkeley rose according to inflation. And that happened in an era of massive digitization of college campuses (a single room costs $75k to wire) and health care cost rises for employees.

    There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

    by upstate NY on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 07:33:03 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, this is precisely it. (6+ / 0-)

      Here is a good source of national cost data:

      These issues are really important and too important to make some of the logical errors in the comments here.  Most important:  There is a big difference between how funding operates at an elite private institution, and how funding works at the vast majority of institutions in the US, attended by an overwhelming majority of college students in the US, and which have historically provided the most access to students of all backgrounds:  public colleges and universities, including community colleges.

      Please, don't take the decisions of elite universities, like Harvard, Stanford, and NYU, imply that this is a problem at all universities, and decide this means that higher education is worthless.  Things are much more complex than this.  And the attack on the university is a very well-worn right wing strategy.  Let's talk about this with more nuance here.

    •  Exactly. (5+ / 0-)

      And a similar phenomenon holds for private universities:  NYU hasn't skyrocketed to 64000/year because somehow it costs that much per person to run a college.  

      NYU is that expensive because (a) it's a designer label enjoying supremely high demand, (b) they can charge huge bux and invest it in infrastructure like research centers, and (c) they can charge huge bux and spend it on tuition aid for poor students, however many of those they may have.

      Private and Public universities have price hikes for very different reasons, but in both cases the prices are not really a matter of operating expenses.

      They are connected, though:  it's politically possible for states to slash tuition subsidies only because private schools are so expensive.  If Princeton cost only $12,000/year, Binghamton University tuition couldn't grow to $8,000/year.

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      by Caj on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 08:22:27 PM PDT

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