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Sense grows that there's a limit to high tuition/high aid pricing.
I liked the first part of the article but defending the U's lack of fiscal management I totally disagree with. Kaler was quoted several weeks ago in the Strib saying that he was satisified with the operational efficiency at the U and didn't plan to cut expenses. This sounds like status quo leadership to me. There are certainly many opportunities to make education more affordable to middle class students. I expect a lot more from Mr Kaler and the U. They are not simply victims of reduced funding, they are victims of their egos and inability to change.
What Kaler would love to talk more about, but can't for political reasons, is the long term decline in state support for the university (a problem he shares with other public university presidents). This decline in support is the driver behind tuition increases and increased student dependence on loans, especially Federal loans. Higher education is being crowded out by welfare as health care especially takes up a bigger and bigger share of the budget. As we ask our government to bear the burden of traditionally private activities, we should bear in mind that historically core state responsibilities will inevitably suffer.
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