Carleton, St. Olaf partner to fight rising costs

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 6, 2012 - 9:38 PM

Friendly college rivals look for ways to share resources in and out of classrooms.

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teddygDec. 6, 12 9:18 PM

It was my impression that the two largest reasons for escalating college cost are the historic increases in professor salaries/benefits and the great number of administrators now in the 'deaneries' of colleges. I'm not sure that sharing resources is any more than a token attempt to say 'we're doing something'.

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ranger78Dec. 6, 12 9:19 PM

Well, considering that they both cost over $50,000 a year, maybe they should try to determine how to lower costs to students.

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laxdrewDec. 6, 1210:16 PM

haha, the most expensive schools in the state want to go easy on the 1%. lighten their load a bit, i mean... they are in a higher tax bracket.

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chemnpDec. 6, 1211:00 PM

if they're trying to reduce costs by buying in "bulk" for computers, software, etc, then why don't they partner with the U system? i guarantee the U gets a better deal on their purchases than carleton/st olaf do together.

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johnpaperDec. 6, 1211:21 PM

teddyg: I am not sure where your concept of "historic increases in professor salaries/benefits" came from. I am a college professor and my salary has not even kept up with cost of living increases. In fact, my salary went down at the hight of the recession.

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mblaineDec. 7, 12 1:20 AM

NOW they worry about rising costs? Only after thirty years of inexorable tuition hikes?!! Very timely . . .

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ShoojdDec. 7, 12 5:12 AM

The fundamental problem is that colleges get a lot of cheap federal money. Students are given nearly an unlimited ability to borrow to attend school. This reduces pressure on institutions to control costs. Cut the subsididies to higher education and watch the cost go down (along with all the screaming along the way).

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elmore1Dec. 7, 12 5:35 AM

Kudos to them! It is nice to see the private colleges leading the way in becoming more efficient and affordable to students. The last I read from the U was that Mr Kaler was satisfied with the operational efficiency of the U, had no intention of cutting expenses AND wanted 90mm from the state to freeze tuition. Once again, the private sector leads the way.

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theradiojediDec. 7, 12 7:48 AM

What teddyg fails to understand about private colleges is that professors take big pay cut to teach for them, than they would otherwise receive at a state-funded, research institution.

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tombutlerDec. 7, 12 8:05 AM

There is a great example of cross-sharing right here and it has been going on for years. St. Thomas, St. Catherines ande Macalester have been doing it for years.

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