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Jeff Stahler for March 13, 2013

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    ARodney  over 8 years ago

    No, we need to cut scholarships and give tax breaks to the wealthiest, according to Paul Ryan. What a jerk.

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    William Bednar Premium Member over 8 years ago

    I suggest you clear out some space in your “unfinished” basement. Just large enough for a bed, tv,game consoles, frig, microwave, etc. I think “Junior” will need it!

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    Motivemagus  over 8 years ago

    Wait a minute. Most college professors don’t get paid all that well — certainly less than comparable levels in business. Also, increasingly colleges and universities are depending on “adjunct faculty,” which are sort of the migrant workers of academia — no benefits, low wages, long hours.And DeVry University is one of those for-profit schools that rip off the taxpayer several ways:1. They target students to have them take out major loans — especially veterans, I found out recently, because of a loophole in the loan laws that increases their margin2. Their quality isn’t very good3. Around 60% of their students never graduate —but they’re still on the hook for those loans without a degree to help earn more to pay for it.

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    lonecat  over 8 years ago

    At the university where I work, the budget on the administrative side has gone way up, much more quickly than the budget on the academic side — and the President is making well over half a million bucks. A large percentage of our teachers are “contract faculty” — who live on yearly contracts, with no security from year to year, and who get paid a lot less per course than tenure-stream faculty, so they have to teach a lot and therefore have no time to keep up with current research or to do any research of their own. The administration is now pushing a so-called “teaching stream” — faculty who would have tenure, but who would be expected to teach more courses than the regular tenure-stream. The educational system is changing drastically, and not for the better.

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    markjoseph125  over 8 years ago

    If you think that education is expensive, you should see the high cost of ignorance.

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    braindead Premium Member over 8 years ago

    ‘If you would bother to look at the numbers now there are about 2.5 workers carrying every retiree. It used to be way more. It’s been steadily going down ever since SS started.’-That’s because people are living longer. And many of them are living longer precisely because they have health care delivered by Medicare and because they have some money provided by Social Security.-Of course, Fox “news” adherents think that should not be happening. “Those people” should not have the temerity to live longer.

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    Fourcrows  over 8 years ago

    Ima,Don’t take this the wrong way, but this is how I know you enjoy trolling: Everything in your post above is sensible, yet 90%+ of your posts are simply meant to get a reaction from everyone else. When you give us a post like that, it can generate a decent discussion without a shouting match. But, to each his own.What you may want to consider, in regards to this post, is if everybody followed these guidelines, which I myself would recommend for those going to or putting kids through college, it may cause tuitions to rise even faster. Why? because our banks don’t make money off of sensible savings or investing, they make money off of debt. The reason for the obscenely high bonuses and salaries is because they learned this and calculate it into their prospective earnings. If they stop lending to at risk borrowers, they lose money.Tuition loans has become the cream of the crop, because they know nobody if prepared to pay them back. If people followed the sensible rules you laid out, they would then have to raise tuitions even higher to make sure everybody still needed a loan. Unfortunately, one thing the current economy has taught us is that once a bank or business finds a way to make extra money, they are unwilling to let that source go, no matter how harmful it is to the general population (see also – food industry additives, pharmaceutical advertisement practices, sub-par lending practices, shady hedge fund practices, etc.)

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