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The Economist: America's higher education not what it used to be

American universities represent declining value for money to their students

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  • Paul Scholes Provo, UT
    Nov. 30, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    These national level stories always strike me as both interesting and, at some level, less relevant to our context. The article states that the average debt load for a graduate is some $26,000. Tuition at the major institutions (Westminster, perhaps, excepted) is roughly $20k for four years. It seems that most students within the State should be able to graduate with very little debt thereby increasing the return on their investment.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 30, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    Half (about two million students) of college students, are in need of remedial classes---Yahoo news May 2012.

    We spend an average of twelve thousand dollars a year, per K-12 student.

    About 200,000 college students come from foreign countries, and they paying tuition are keeping our colleges going--USA Today.

    Tuition has increased partly, because three billion dollars are needed for remedial classes, and what we pay for public schools K-12.

    We need to rid ourselves of standardized testing, and all the expenses which come with it. Education is destroying our economy, and can be improved with less funding.