Midmorning chat: Why does college cost so much?

Why does college cost so much?

  • Dleitzman

    Reflecting on the increase in the cost of attending the private college I have served as a staff member for the past 30 years, I believe that a significant portion of the “six fold increase in college cost” noted at the begining of this broadcast can be attributed in part to three factors not in play when I graduated from college in 1969 at an annual cost of $2300.00 for tuition, room, board, and books. Our college has invested in an extensive array of instructional technology that did not exist before 1985 (internet connections, computers and related hardware, software, and an extensive support staff). We are providing our students with residence halls that would have been considered palatial in my era (apartments with single bedrooms for four residents, two bathrooms, complete kitchen and common space). We are also providing physical education facilties for individual students’ use that rival the quality and service provided by area health clubs. Prospective students rarely seek interviews with faculty in their proposed major or show much interest in our library, but nearly all welcome a tour of our dorms and apartments, our student recreational and food service facilities, and seek information about the extent of our computing resources and wireless internet coverage. I believe that they are concerned about the quality of the faculty and the design of the curriculum, but only as secondary to the quality of the campus life they will enjoy. We provide these attractive “lifestyle” features to remain competitive with other Minnesota private and public colleges who seek an ever smaller pool of eligible students.

    • Ethan

      It is also possible that students just assume that US News and/or Princeton Review are better than they are at assessing academic excellence. Students may still consider academics, but they do it based on ratings rather than on campus. (Not that that isn’t ALSO a problem.)

  • Keeganlund

    as a current graduate at the universityof minneosta I think the most important consideration for prospective students to consider before they begin college and take on loads of debt is to define a career and follow the path to achieve it. If as a graduating highschool student you do not know what you want for a career – take some time off, volunteer, find a job. when you know what you want – then it is right to make the investement