Group 3’s Reading Questions

College Losing Pricing Power

Are scholarships causing tuition to rise?

Will there be more international students to offset costs? How will this affect admission competition?

Who Can Still Afford State U?

“The state obligations in Medicaid, prisons and K-12 education are just swallowing up state budgets.”

Previously, when learning about CUNY history, we discussed the importance of improving K-12 education in order to be prepared for college instead of playing catch-up so are these obligations justified even if higher education pays the toll?

Public School, Big Tab

“The cost of attending public colleges is rising faster than the cost of private colleges, as states reduce funding.” In the past two years, our campus has been the source of a lot of controversy in terms of protests and rallies because of the increasing CUNY tuition. Many public colleges around the country have already increased their tuition by above 100%. If such an occurrence happened to CUNY within the next five years, what do you believe would be the student implications and reactions? Would enrollment decline despite the fact that CUNY would still be more affordable than state-run universities?

A Shift From Need to Merit

Overall in the country, aid is given overwhelmingly for need rather than merit. In the near future, as more government cuts are being made (which pertains to the present more than the future lets hope) will there be a shift to more merit-based aid or more need-based aid?

How Administrative Spending Boosts College Costs

“Nonclassroom costs at U.S. colleges are growing faster than instructional costs, contributing to rising tuition.” In noticing some of the numbers, colleges with a lower tuition rate would have higher administrative spending per student than colleges with a tuition above $40,000. For example, the University of Central Florida with a tuition rate of $14,519 per student has a $1,775 administrative spending per student. The University of Illinois at Chicago with a tuition rate of $48,289 per student has a $1,438 administrative spending per student. Why do you perceive this to be the case?

Moody’s Report Calls into Question all Traditional University Revenue Sources By Kevin Kiley 

“Institutions need to prioritize programs, ensuring that they have enough programs generating profits to support those that aren’t” (3).

As we previously discussed, most liberal arts colleges provide majors that don’t, necessarily, appeal to potential employers in the current market. Are cutting such programs a good idea or would it prohibit a wholesome education?

Bowen Sent From Professor Hainline

Does having a residential model for the school hurt or help it’s community?

The Economic Impact of Higher Education in New York State By Thomas P. DiNapoli

New York is one of the leading, if not the leading, states in this country in terms of Higher Education. Funds have been allocated to the state for education and employment has hardly decreased despite the recession. Do you believe the state will always receive such largess from the federal government? If yes, state your reasons, whether you believe its because the state provides a great amount of employment or other reasons. If no, elaborate why, and what do you think the implications of a decrease in federal funds for New York State could do to the country?

Study Casts Doubt on Idea that Spending More Per Student Leads to Better Educational Outcomes By Scott Jashcik

“But he [Charles Blaich – researcher and director of Center of Inquiry at Wasbash College and the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium] said that his data suggest that the quality of instruction from part-timers can be just as high as from full-timers” (3).

What is the management’s criterion to decide whether or not one is hired as a part-time professor or as a full-timer professor? It due to the college’s lack of financial resources or due to the professor’s lack of capability?

Is it really the next bubble? By Lexington

Higher education is a worse bubble than the housing bubble because “people make a mistake in taking on an education loan, they’re legally much more difficult to get out of than housing loans… If you borrowed money and went to a college where the education didn’t create any value, that is potentially a really bad mistake.”

There was an argument made in class a few weeks ago that you cannot succeed in life without accumulating some debt. Being in Macaulay, we do not need to take out education loans, or loans of any sort really, so our perception of the current fiscal situation can be a bit askew. But knowing that to further succeed in higher education can lead to being stuck in a bubble, has your career path changed? Have you decided to solely have a BA or to proceed further to attain a doctorate due to your perception of your odds in this “fiscal crisis?”

Dealing with the Future Now By Alan E. Guskin and Mary B. Marcy

If a Higher Education institution has a pointed mission, it can realize what is important to the institution and cut programs that aren’t, thus cutting costs, faculty workload, and freeing up money and resources. So why don’t institutions focus on having a pointed mission?

Declining By Degrees: Higher Education at Risk By: David L. Kirp

The Univ. of Chicago’s “rigorous workload” model and Brown’s adopted “Choice and Responsibility” model are in direct opposition to each other, as one imposes a strict system on students and the other gives students full power over their course load. Which one do you think is a more effective method of learning?

Financing Higher Education by D. Bruce Johnstone

Institutional financial strains lead to the firing of junior and adjunct staff and even entire programs. What could be the ramifications for this? Should this be a priority in the budget?


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