College Tuition Is Rising Faster Than The Rate Of Inflation Essay

1859 Words Nov 18th, 2016 8 Pages
College tuition is rising faster than the rate of inflation. The Department of Education states “Between 2003–04 and 2013–14, prices for undergraduate tuition, fees, room, and board at public institutions rose 34 percent, and prices at private nonprofit institutions rose 25 percent, after adjustment for inflation” What is the reason for this increase? What can we fix? Can tuition increases be fixed? There are people who are looking into the reason tuition prices increase. Unfortunately, there is no one simple answer. The painful truth is the reason for rapidly rising tuition prices is the result of several factors. The first reason for increases in tuition prices is collegiate sports. In his book Higher Education in America, Professor Bok declares, “A different way to reduce costs (and tuitions) would be to drop inter-collegiate athletics” (113). On Saturday’s during the regular season many football fans watch college level sports. The assumption is that the money made from ticket and merchandise sales cover the cost of paying coaches. This assumption sounds accurate; however, most of the spectators who buy the tickets and merchandise are the ones paying for the tuition. In the book Higher Education? Mr. Hacker proclaims, “Football can be the biggest budget buster of them all” (120). In addition to the hefty sum of money that is paid to coaches? In some cases, college coaches’ salaries are more than tenured professors are. In conclusion, colleges have the reputation of…

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