Two parting pleas for higher ed

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 14, 2011 - 8:47 PM
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patrickjdMay. 14, 11 9:01 PM

How much of the "cut" is an actual cut? With a 5% tuition increase looming and perpetual real increases in state funding, the U of M is not hurting. Cancelling non essential degree programs and phasing out tenure should be top priorities.

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samo45May. 14, 11 9:20 PM

I agree. We need to remember how FDR invested in making Americans better educated and this set the table for US prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s. Fiscal responsibility is one thing, but these Republican policies sound like retreat.

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merks1May. 14, 11 9:26 PM

when you remind the professors that they are employees of the students since they pay them through tuition and they actually teach and not try to indoctrinate the students into a socialism system that they believe is so great, then maybe you will get more money. Until then you shouldn't get one dime of taxpayers money!

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SupervonMay. 14, 1110:30 PM

I've been hearing how the "U" will collapse tomorrow if state funding is not increased since 1973 and my father heard it since he went in the '30's. Guess what? It's still standing and all the buildings have been replaced and the campus is full of students every year. I'm getting deaf to this year after year after year after year. Let me know when they close the admissions office and the professors are begging on the street corners. In the meantime, I see boatloads of BMW's and M-B's in the parking lot-I don't think they are starving.

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county19May. 15, 1112:36 AM

In the case of the U, how about 60% of the budget not go towards the staff for pay and benefits. If the proffesors are really there to help young adults find thier way through life they shouldn't mind paying more for thier health and retirements. Maybe they just want what they think belongs to them like everyone else with a cushy state/county/city job.

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chablis28May. 15, 1112:41 AM

The ONLY way to control run away tution cost at the UofM is to take away thier open check book. Time for some interspection and disapline at the U!

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chablis28May. 15, 1112:45 AM

A couple years back a Strib article revealed that UofM faculty salaires are almost the equal of way more prestigious Harvard located in the much higher cost of living city....Boston.

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chablis28May. 15, 1112:46 AM

How about tapping into some of that back fat slush fund.... the endowment to help out students, for a change????

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doubledipperMay. 15, 11 6:59 AM

PRIVATIZE...first cut gov't funding then accept money from Koch Bros etc....pretty slick way to gut public education?

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jjbensonMay. 15, 11 7:31 AM

These two guys, and others if their ilk, have not controlled their costs. Higher education costs have ballooned at least as fast as health care. In addition much of the "U" is a cesspool of counter productive "social activists" who cost us all dearly in their promotion of Government solutions to their, mostly, made up problems. Any positive effect the "U" has economically is easily canceled by the Government spending and debt caused by these so called "educated" individuals. Cut these budgets to the bone.

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