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  •  No easy solutions. (1+ / 0-)
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    I suppose we could cut pensions and benefits for university employees.  Teaching faculty have already been skinned to the bone.  I read articles about California unions complainging about pension cuts to $2000/month.  But already teaching positions are filled by TAs making 1/2 to 2/3 as much.  Then the TAs graduate and can't find permanent employment.  I'm not arguing to reduce pensions but we need to be eyes-open about where the tuition is going.  There's room for cuts to administrative over-head as I indicated below.  And in new building costs.  But over-all it's just a matter of there being certain inherent costs to modern higher education.

    Passive renunciation is not the whole of wisdom.

    by play jurist on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 11:03:24 AM PDT

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    •  When I was a youth (0+ / 0-)

      the promise was that the state would make it affordable - not by taking it out of the hides of the staff, but by providing grants and subsidies to every student who was academically qualified.

      It created a huge economic boom in California that caused it to roar from being a state of relatively low importance to an economic engine competitive on the world stage.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 11:08:58 AM PDT

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