Students take up cause of higher ed

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS and CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: February 18, 2009 - 8:44 PM

As state budget cuts loom, students at public schools raise concern over the wider costs of large tuition hikes.

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the_vfoxFeb. 19, 09 4:43 AM

those who had a gun pointed at their head when they signed up for loans or college can protest. The rest of you can sit down, shut up and color. No FORCED you to go to college nor should I be forced to pay for your spoiled bottom to go there.

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wingfootFeb. 19, 09 7:31 AM

Your higher education is OPTIONAL. If you want to go to go to college you had better figure out how to pay for it yourself! Take your complaints to the school and it's high prices to start with not the public, you whining little snots.

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jel1003Feb. 19, 09 9:04 AM

Higher education is also important. In many cases it levels the playing field for those who do not have the same circumstances where they can afford education and afford the burden of huge debt upon graduation. We have many competing needs but can't overlook this important investment in our future. If you want to bring more businesses to Minnesota, there must be an educated workforce available.

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MUSKIEDOGFeb. 19, 09 9:05 AM

Give me a break. GO get a job. I worked full time and went to school. Didn't get any help. Generation of whiners. What should be done is an ivestigation why tution is raised all the time and doesn't foolw any rhyme or reason. Doesn't even follow inflatio. What gives?

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smokey763Feb. 19, 09 9:35 AM

Did you do to a state college? If so, then yes you received help. Also, how old are you, because I don't know of any job that a college student without a degree can earn enough to pay for room, board and tuition. The way you talk is of a generation that could get a job at the mall and save enough over the summer to pay for college. News flash for you doesn't work like that anymore!

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smokey763Feb. 19, 09 9:37 AM

Yeah because the option of working at Burger King is a great plan for the student and society!

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smokey763Feb. 19, 09 9:41 AM

Is higher educated really an option???? In today's society if you don't have a 4yr degree you are stuck to low level service jobs that pay $9-10. Can anyone survive on that? Well, I guess if you chose to eat rammon noodles, never buy a house, or a car, or start a family. So, what you are saying is either go so far in to debt that it will take you 10-15 years to pay it off, or welcome to poverty! I don't think I like your America.

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AssassinAveFeb. 19, 09 9:47 AM

Or they could be construction people. Hey, your jobs been taken over by hard working Mexican or South American labor yet? I bet some have. I'm a person who see every job as important even with my college education. But I also think the soaring cost of operating the universities is ridiculous. There really needs to be a cap on tenure and non tenured pay. I'm sure an English professor can get by on 80K+ a year. Just like any program that Obama or anyone would propose, it needs to have accountability. I have no qualms about paying for quality professors to teach future students, but I won't stand for tenured, entitlement raises for people who aren't doing there job.

Oh and I also wanted to say that I refuse to pay for the K-12 education of the morons who post here as well.

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smokey763Feb. 19, 09 9:51 AM

Why do you think that Minnesota has such companies as Medtronic, 3M, Mayo Clinic, Target, Best Buy etc.....????? It's because of our education level. We have 34 fortune 500 companies headquartered in Minnesota, which is fourth overall in the nation right behind California, New York, and Texas. I bet it isn't our geographical location, or our total population, or our tax rates that keep these companies here. I wonder what is keeping these companies here??

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smokey763Feb. 19, 09 9:59 AM

I agree with the whole tenure thing to an extent. As for professors pay most don't make $80,000/yr and the ones that do almost all work at the U in some research capacity and thus bring a lot of income to the University. As for controlling costs at states schools this is a real big concern for me too. As how to fix it good question, but professor salaries are only a portion of the problem.

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