i'd better make every lecture count...
i asked the eighty students in my sociology of deviance class how much they were paying to see me and TA woz and what sort of service they expected. after years of tuition increases, they were primed for such questions, with one student estimating his costs at $1,000 for the course or about $35 per lecture. in truth, the resident tuition is $291.85 per credit, so that's $875.55 for my 3-credit course -- but $2,217.45 for out-of-staters.
i believe the minnversity remains a bargain, but the days of public education that is both excellent and inexpensive may be numbered. according to a strib story by norman draper,
- In 1992, the average Minnesota family paid about 19 percent of its income to attend a public four-year college or university. Now, the average family pays about 26 percent of its income, says the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
- Nationwide, costs at four-year public colleges and universities rose from 19 percent in 1992 to 31 percent this year.
- For community colleges, the percentage of a Minnesota family's income to pay for college rose from 19 percent to 22 percent over that same period.
- Costs for private colleges remained the same, accounting for 54 percent of family income.
- The average loan amount that undergraduate students borrow per year rose from $2,727 in 1992 to $3,234 in 2006.
ouch. i tried to dig up some of my eighties tuition stubs from the wizversity for comparison. i came up empty, but do recall that it was much, much, cheaper in real dollars. my folks paid much of it, i got a few scholarships, and i slung a lot of grilled veggie sandwiches and cco burgers at stillwaters on state street to make up the balance. in the end, i gained a fine education and graduated with little debt.
that combination of revenue streams just ain't cutting it these days, so i've got a lot of empathy for my hard-working students. had i been saddled with large debt, i don't know whether it would have been so easy for me to start a family on a social worker's salary, buy a li'l house on the isthmus, and then start investing in grad education.