Your attention, please, on higher ed

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 2, 2013 - 8:15 PM

State policymakers are considering options. What about Congress?

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elmore1Oct. 3, 13 9:15 AM

Good article. At the top of the list should be requirements and incentives for colleges to actually transform, modernize and lower their cost structure. Tripling tuition over a ten year period should be enough motivation for state and federal programs to demand fiscal reform from the colleges. The bailout provided to the U just to freeze tuition for a couple of years shows how out of control things are (the U's response so far is a paltry one percent reduction) and students across the state and taxpayers are paying a huge price.

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gandalf48Oct. 3, 1310:07 AM

Higher education needs competition; schools that can offer equivalent, in-demand skills to students within 6 months to a year. Imagine a system that removes all the lib ed requirements and can give you a high paying job within a few months...it's very possible, I don't know why we don't have a rapid path like this available right now. Think about the costs that would be saved by only going to school for 6 months to a year versus 4 years...it would be very affordable and more relevant for a specific career or a particular job.

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tnesleyOct. 3, 1310:35 AM

The less Federal funding into higher education, the better. The money becomes like drugs to an addict, and leaves Universities bending to the will of the political parties in charge. Universities need to keep their standards high to graduate students to become active members in society. And, the Minnesota university/college system should work the state government to inspire high school students/teachers to be all they can be.

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