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January 30, 2006

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MajorDad1984

Has anyone asked the occupants of the ivory towers WHY college has become so expensive?

Gee, do you think it might have to do with academians being a little bit on the greedy side?

Why can I buy a copy of Stephen King's latest tome for less than $20 bucks but I have to pay $70+ (or more) for a Chemistry book?

Books are the least of my worries as MajorTeen ramps up for college in the fall, but for crying out loud let's do something to get things under control. Have colleges and universities bloated themselves to the point that the public schools have too?

Counselors, administrative armies, technicians and the like...let's get back to brass tacks and get the teachers/professors in the classrooms imparting knowledge to young skulls full of mush. Let's look at cutting staff that doesn't contribute to the enterprise.

See you on the high ground!

MajorDad1984

Nate-N

I would imagine the price of a textbook involves the cost of production (Stephen King is fiction, chemistry books can't be) and the fact that fewer people are going to buy said chemistry book.

I can't speak for every private university, and I'm sure there is some greed involved somewhere along the line, but I venture to think that it costs a lot of money to run a university. Janitors, email accounts for everyone, electricity for several buildings, pay for every employee. It's a very expensive proposition.

The way I see it, there are two alternatives, ask universities to cut services and programs, or we give prospective students loans that cover the cost of higher education with a flexible payback schedule. The second alternative seems the best to me.

bingsy

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