"State cuts push colleges to hike tuitions"
Under that headline, Page 1 of the Washington Times included the following tuition hikers:
California State University system, 22 percent
University of Washington, 20 percent
Arizona State University, 18 percent
University of California system, 18 percent
State University System of Florida, 15 percent
Virginia Tech, 9 percent
University of Oregon, 9 percent
University of Virginia, 8.9 percent
University of Michigan, 6.7 percent
University System of Wisconsin, 5.5 percent
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This begs a number of questions:
- Are all these institutions both tax-exempt and tax-supported? Yes, they are.
- Do all of them require all of their faculty to work a 40-hour week like most other Americans – with at least 20 hours a week doing the teaching for which they are entitled? No, they do not.
- Do all of these universities require that their faculty teach either 48 or 50 weeks a year? No, they do not.
- Are there any other professions in which workers are given as much time off as this one, which has holiday periods for Thanksgiving, Christmas, semester break, spring – and three months off for summer? No, there are not.
- An end to those giant summer breaks and most of those other times off, which no other profession enjoys – in favor of college education 48 weeks per year. This could enable undergraduate graduation in three years – at considerable savings.
- An end to any of those faculty two-classes-a-week outrages in favor of 40 hours (20-teaching-hour weeks). While this would decisively reduce the number of faculty, it would surely also reduce the huge and growing tuitions now demanded by these tax-supported and tax-exempt institutions.