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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Joining a small, but growing list of U.S. colleges and universities seeking to make higher education more accessible to a greater number of qualified students, the University of Tennessee announced recently it would guarantee free tuition and fees to admitted in-state residents with a family household income of less than $50,000.

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"This isn't a school just for the wealthy or the elite," Boyd said in his speech. "This is a school for everyone. It is critically important that we take a lead role in ensuring students can achieve their dream of obtaining an undergraduate college degree. It is our mission and responsibility to do everything we can to ease the financial burden for our middle- and working-class families, and UT Promise is an ideal conduit to achieve that."

Mattress is mortified.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2019-03-17 01:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

This is a shot in the right direction. As long as its merit based.

My youngest just graduated last December and never paid a cent in tuition because of his high school transcript and keeping his gpa high in college.

#2 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-03-17 01:41 PM | Reply

This is an excellent bit of news! College shouldn't only be for students with well-to-do parents.

I attended a top university. The tuition then was a little over $600 a semester + books. Three jobs and a small grant meant I owed nothing at the end of the day. Now, tuition for in state residents is $13k. It makes no logical sense when they have multi-billion dollar endowments for them to have raised tuition to astronomical levels like that, leaving students with needlessly high student debt upon graduation.

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-03-17 02:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"College costs have skyrocketed over the past decade or so, as average tuition and fees at private four-year schools rose 26 percent and, worse, at four-year public schools soared by 34 percent.

To combat the rising prices, which prevent many financially strapped students from even applying to college, university administrators and state officials have developed innovative scholarship programs to persuade students to apply to in-state schools.

Similar free-tuition programs are available in Oregon, Nevada, Arkansas, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Indiana. Lawmakers in eight other states are considering similar programs."

from the article

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2019-03-17 04:03 PM | Reply

"Administrative bloat lies alongside ideology as the twin and interrelated pathologies of the modern campus.[2] It is easily the single greatest reason for the increase in tuition costs. When bloat occurs reality will have its say by exerting so much financial pressure on the schools that they'll make decisions only in crisis mode, and the people making the decisions will not be the faculty, whose positions will get cut even while administrative positions increase. Soon, colleges may well become, Kafka-like, an organization of administrators with no faculty or students.

You may think I'm joking, but consider what has happened at my Alma Mater.

Since 1989 there has been a 6.6 percent decrease in students, a 27.8 percent increase in faculty, and a 73.2 percent increase in non-faculty employees."

www.philanthropydaily.com

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-17 04:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"...but consider what has happened at my Alma Mater." - #5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-17 04:15 PM

CliffNotes University.

#6 | Posted by Hans at 2019-03-17 05:36 PM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY FacultyBloatus

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2019-03-17 05:48 PM | Reply

It makes no logical sense

Yes it does, the government backs NINJA loans like passing out candy to every applicant.......

Universities and Colleges can raise rates, and given the "gotta go to college" lie, they can get away with it.

%38 percent rise in students, faculty remains flat, increase in admin.
www.latimes.com

It's a cruel irony that a college degree is worth less to people who most need a boost: those born poor. This revelation was made by the economists Tim Bartik and Brad Hershbein. Using a body of data, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which includes 50 years of interviews with 18,000 Americans, they were able to follow the lives of children born into poor, middle-class and wealthy families.
www.nytimes.com

You don't need to absorb the cost, that is the poor student, but you feel good don't you, that is all the matters isn't it?

In the US 6% of high school graduates go to trade schools, in Europe its 50%.

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-03-17 06:06 PM | Reply

"a major factor driving increasing costs is the constant expansion of university administration. According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009, which Bloomberg reported was 10 times the rate of growth of tenured faculty positions.

Even more strikingly, an analysis by a professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, found that, while the total number of full-time faculty members in the C.S.U. system grew from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, the total number of administrators grew from 3,800 to 12,183 -- a 221 percent increase. "

www.nytimes.com

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-17 06:35 PM | Reply

You don't need to absorb the cost, that is the poor student, but you feel good don't you, that is all the matters isn't it?

Is feeling good supposed to be free?

#10 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-03-18 05:05 AM | Reply

We should be more like Europe.
--The Left

"In the US 6% of high school graduates go to trade schools, in Europe its 50%."

We shouldn't be like Europe.
--The Left

#11 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-18 04:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

You don't need to absorb the cost, that is the poor student, but you feel good don't you, that is all the matters isn't it?
Is feeling good supposed to be free?
#10 | POSTED BY FEDUPWITHPOLS AT 2019-03-18 05:05 AM

She charges $50 now because of her student debt.

#12 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-03-19 05:46 AM | Reply

free? that's pretty much the value of a degree from U TN anyway...

#13 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-03-20 02:53 PM | Reply

IMO, all State colleges and universities should be tuition free for all in-State students.

#14 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-03-20 03:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"In the US 6% of high school graduates go to trade schools, in Europe its 50%."

Do trades pay better in Europe or America?

Don't forget to factor in health care costs and cost of education itself!

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-20 06:58 PM | Reply

"FSU President John Thrasher's annual comp could top $1-million under trustee proposal"

Byron Dobson, Tallahassee Democrat

www.tallahassee.com

#16 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-21 07:59 AM | Reply

"We shouldn't be like Europe.
--The Left"

So now Nulli wants to be like Europe but just not in healthcare. Personally, I totally support trade schools but more importantly I support apprenticeship programs which were largely elimiated when the Republicans busted all the unions. Don't try to wriggle out of it, y'all did it so own it.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-21 08:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Haha, talk about the blind leading the blind. They can only do this because the fees are already absurdly high. All they are doing is ensuring tuition stays high, and continues to increase, and then catering to the blind people who think they are doing something good because they can't see the reality of the situation. The same people bitching about high tuition costs can NOT be the same people who support this program. It's a double win for the university...they get to keep tuition costs rising so their wealthy officials get wealthier, and they win the support of bleeding hearts by disguising costs as charity-driven. Sure, they will get some funds from contributers, but you are incredibly naive if you think the high tuition costs aren't also going towards this.

"Personally, I totally support trade schools but more importantly I support apprenticeship programs which were largely elimiated when the Republicans busted all the unions. Don't try to wriggle out of it, y'all did it so own it."

You forgot the Liberal mantra, you support apprenticeships THAT PAY A LIVING WAGE. Because if apprenticeships were a big thing still as they were in the past, they would pay either nothing or extremely low wage. Which again begs the question, if people can apprentice at a living wage, why the hell would many of them work to be better at the craft?

#18 | Posted by humtake at 2019-03-21 12:11 PM | Reply

"Because if apprenticeships were a big thing still as they were in the past, they would pay either nothing or extremely low wage. "

Back in 1960's and 1970's apprenticeships started workers at about half of what a journeyman would earn and then they got raises each year until they completed the apprenticeship after 4 years, at which time they would be earning journeyman's pay. Then along came Reagan who destroyed unions and began the destruction of our middle class.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-21 12:23 PM | Reply

Which again begs the question, if people can apprentice at a living wage, why the hell would many of them work to be better at the craft?

#18 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE AT 2019-03-21 12:11 PM | REPLY

If people can get a job in management at $50K/year why the hell would many of them work to be better at the craft?

Same question, Same answer. because they want to be in a better position. The job and pay are irrelevant.

#20 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-03-21 01:24 PM | Reply

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