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Sun May 12, 2019, 04:46 AM

 

Andrew Yang Policy on CONTROL THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION


College tuition has exploded over the past several decades. For the Baby Boomer generation, a college student could hold down a summer job to pay a substantial portion of their tuition, if not the whole thing. Today, that student would be lucky to cover the cost of their books. With tuition increasing by as much as 440% over the past quarter century, too many students are being saddled with over $100k in student loan debt before they even start their adult lives.

Despite the astronomical endowments and high tuition costs that students are willing to bear, education hasn’t become any better.

Schools need to get back to their ideals – education in service of their students and their country. To do so, they need to get their tuition under control.

"I have two kids and I’m frightened of what college costs today. Most of the money is not going to professors—it’s going to administrators. If it doesn’t directly impact the student experience, universities should take a long look at it and rein in their costs. It’s likely that schools are not up to the task of bringing down their own budgets, and government will have to help them scale back and become more cost-efficient."

PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED

College tuition is too expensive, forcing students who want to attend to either give up or take out student loans in an amount that will saddle them with debt throughout their lives.
Colleges have skewed incentives based on ranking system to invest in the wrong things.
There are limited incentives for schools to be more cost-efficient and student-directed.
Taxpayers are subsidizing the students at rich universities when those schools should be investing their own money in their students or domestic expansion.
Great new schools rarely crop up despite the demand for them.

GOALS

Control the cost of higher education
Prevent students from being saddled with lifelong student loan debt
Increase the options for students looking at higher education
Get schools to focus on their ideals and invest their money in increasing the quality of education while decreasing the cost of said education for their students

Explore a gradual phase-in of a desired ratio of administrators to students of 1 to 30 as a condition of public funding as opposed to the current 1 to 21. The ratio was 1 to 50 in the 1970s – if we can get back to that level then college will be much cheaper.
Work with the Dept. of Education to create an information database on all post-secondary education institutions, focusing on information such as:
Avg. debt of a graduating student
Avg. debt discounting students who don’t take out loans
Avg. salary of a recent graduate
Avg. salary of a graduate 10 years out
Stipulate that any university that receives public funding cannot increase its costs by more than the rate of annual median wage growth the year before.
Stipulate that the president of any university that receives public funding must meet once per year with a group of alumni to discuss their job prospects.
Amend or modify the U.S. News and World Report rankings and eliminate the ability of any university to compensate administrators with incentives tied to their rankings.
Require all universities with endowments of over $30 billion to contribute 1% of their total endowment each year ($300 million+/year) to the founding and operations of a new university in Ohio until it becomes self-sustaining, at which point another community will be identified (the “Harvard Creates a New University in Ohio Tax”).
Revisit the tax-exempt status for schools that have more than enough money to fund their operations and aren’t investing that money back into the students at that institution.
Invest in and support schools that are innovating and growing.

https://www.yang2020.com/policies/controlling-cost-higher-education/
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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 06:33 AM

1. The "Harvard Creates a New University in Ohio Tax"?

 

Really? Hokie. Reminds me of McCain’s “innovative” quarter billion dollar national super battery contest prize. Hokie. Seems practical on first blush, but come on ... promoting innovation with sweepstakes? A chance to be a winner?
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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 09:56 AM

2. Everybody views the student as someone to be plucked

 

Tenured professors and textbook companies regularly updating their textbooks rendering the earlier version of little value.

Why aren't open source textbooks used at this point.

Textbook companies and their graded assignment software which makes little sense for engineering, math, and science classes. Try doing Chemistry in one of these softwares to get an idea.

Fees for every pet project under the sun.

Universities requiring students to reside on campus in expensive dorms when commuting is an option.

$10 a meal food plans.





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Response to exboyfil (Reply #2)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:28 AM

4. +1. College textbooks are a big dirty racket.

 

Seriously, does biology or calculus change every year?

I wish there was more focus on this.



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Response to dalton99a (Reply #4)

Sun May 12, 2019, 11:18 AM

5. A bit more of a case could be made for Biology

 

Even a 90s textbook is horribly out of date (I got rid of one when I started tutoring my daughter in Biology about ten years ago).

You are right about Calculus. My college textbook is still perfectly fine. Most of my Mechanical Engineering books from the 1980s are still perfectly fine. The only caveat being the improvements in numerical methods (computing). Those have changed quite a lot. Also of course going from drafting books to CAD books to Solid modeling books.

I am amazed at how little textbooks in engineering seem to be used anymore. I still find the technology valuable by being able to flip between the pages, but folks seem to handle the computer/tablet versions just as well now days.
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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 10:22 AM

3. Get rid of all the assistant deans in charge of bullshit

 

and their ilk




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