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Robert Ariail

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  1. BigSlurpy

    BigSlurpy said, over 4 years ago

    Anything the government subsidizes will always increase in price.

  2. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 4 years ago

    The USF scandal is the poster child for what is wrong with the system.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 4 years ago

    Of course, overpaid professors that teach no classes forcing the university to hire post grad teaching assistants who get free tuition doesn’t add to the cost of tuition. The scandal starts with mismanagement of universities, continues with state legislatures getting extravagant in their monies to the universities that is helped along by misused federal monies. The list goes on and on. Now that states are struggling to keep essential services funded, it is time for universities to audit their expenses and find out where they can cut expenses and cut at least some of the bloat from their operations.

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 4 years ago

    @Eryx. The problem isn’t just with Republicans in the last thirty years. The problem is with Democrats and Republicans that keep pursuing short term recognition by constituents to get re-elected and not the long term viability and benefit of funding programs that benefit the nation and not just advocates of useless projects, i.e. Alaska’s bridge to nowhere and California’s high speed rail. That list also goes on and on.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 4 years ago

    Why is it MY responsibility to pay for YOUR education? And while I’m at it, why do the universities continue to raise tuition and NO ONE calls them on it? Everyone else gets beat to death for raising prices but universities? Are YOU getting the money as a teacher or is the money going to “administration costs”?

    My kids when to school on their own dime not a grant from a taxpayer fund. And republicans can pass NOTHING without the help of democrats so quit yer lies.

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 4 years ago


    How do you judge overpaid? Most professors are middle-middle class, and sessionals are underpaid and insecure. I don’t speak for all professors, but I work pretty hard — I teach three courses, I do research, and I do my part to help administer the university. I’m not complaining — far from it, I like my job — but I don’t believe that overpaid professors are the problem. Part of the problem is that our society hasn’t figured out what it wants from education, or how to get it.

  7. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 4 years ago

    Too late, Neo — Satan has tenure.

  8. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 4 years ago

    It’s the administrators that need investigated. My wife has been a professor for 17 years, and at the same school for the past 8, and makes less than 20k a year. The president of the university makes over 400k and has no background in education (she was a bank executive). Schools are run on a business model and are for profit now, not for educating. It is more important to increase enrollment now and get that first year of tuition than it is to graduate students. The result is now everyone gets accepted, and the students who have potential still drop out because the professors have to try to cater to the students who shouldn’t be there in the first place. Universities used to focus on accepting those who would last 4 years but that is not as profitable as overloading the front end. Unfortunately, government funding would not solve this problem, but perhaps exacerbate it unless the states set up a review board to fully investigate where the money went in each state funded school.

  9. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 4 years ago


    Good points.

  10. renewed1

    renewed1 said, over 4 years ago

    Can you believe those people? Imagine expecting a person to pay for his own education!

  11. renewed1

    renewed1 said, over 4 years ago

    As I mentioned to my DEMOCRAT representative, as long as the tax payer is on the hook for higher education, there is no reason for them to control prices. My wife and I paid for our son’s education without any help from government, and yes, it was expensive. How much do you value your own kid’s education?

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    The “no tax” Republicans and "W"s education policies “fixed” education the same way the car crusher in the junk yard “fixes” your car. Ever declining revenues from taxes put the burden on students, and universities.

    My son is back in college after 13 years in the military, seeking to re-train, as he cannot, due to disability, do any of the MOS jobs he was trained for. It was REPUBLICANS, who amended law with the “Veterans ‘enhancement’ Act” who screwed things up so he can’t get his tuition covered in his somewhat unique “retraining” program.

    The simple fact is that 30 years of “Republican” sponsored and Democratic “weak knees” policies of “penny wise and pound foolish”, have left all elements of the nation with tons of debt, period.

  13. renewed1

    renewed1 said, over 4 years ago

    Here is a principle we all need to wrap our heads around. If someone else has to pay for it, it is no longer a right but rather a privilege. Blaming either party for where we are as a nation is a cop out. You want to know where the problem starts? Look in the mirror. The current line of thought that removes personal responsibility from our decisions is what has put us where we are. I am not responsible for your actions, you are not responsible for mine. Pay for your own and let me pay for mine.

  14. John Beam

    John Beam said, over 4 years ago

    Meanwhile, the OWS folks (or, “the finest of society” to the collectivist drones) blame the loaning institutions for their debt, rather than the colleges whose costs are out of control.

    Why aren’t you collectivist drones blaming the banks for the high cost of tuition and other college costs, because, after all, your ideal angels say so?

  15. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 4 years ago

    @John Beam

    Let me get this straight; you’re upset because nobody has blamed the banks or Wall Street in this discussion, because you think that is what we should be doing so you can complain that everybody blames the banks? You may be unaware that a few of us on this thread either have advanced degrees or are actually working in the higher education system, so we have intimate knowledge of the problems facing our higher learning institutions. The banks are not always the issue. The issues here are internal and have to be changed from the inside. Stop trying to bait everyone into an argument you feel comfortable with. I read your posts, and based on the language you use, your profile picture, and your combative nature, if I had to guess I would say you were in the ninth grade, most likely living in the Midwest, in an area where everyone agrees with each other and you have no idea about the outside world aside from what you see on television. Am I close? If not, you really need to start acting your age and learn there is more to debate than just assaulting and insulting the opposing view.

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