University of Minnesota Professor Bill Gleason says in a Strib column that it’s been hard even for him to find out what portion of a student’s education is covered by tuition.
We need to identify the true cost of education so that we can, by subtraction, identify what are not educational costs and cut them if necessary. This is the first step in answering the question: Why has the cost of tuition at the U risen so much faster than inflation?
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.