By the numbers

Heritage Foundation’s FAQs provides fun facts on education. For example:

Tuition and fees at public and private four-year institutions have risen 38 percent in the past ten years. In the past 22 years, the cost of a public four-year college education has increased by 202 percent. The average tuition at a public four-year institution is over $4,000, and the average private college or university tuition is $18,000.

All public post-secondary two-year institutions, 81 percent of public four-year institutions, and 63 percent of private four-year institutions offer remedial courses in reading, writing, or mathematics.

By 2002, 99 percent of U.S. schools provided Internet access.

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  1. Same Heritage Foundation that helped cook up misleading reports on DUI deaths?

    Same one that donates large amounts of money to groups seeking to lower BAC standards nationwide in the name of a “Healthier America”?

    Yeah the reading at the foundation is pretty funny, but when you consider they pay several groups for the same information and only publish the information they like to see printed you have to wonder about the source.

    Won’t go off on my MADD rant, but check into the connections between the two groups and some of the “lost” mission statements. Interesting research. And ya gotta wonder who the stock holders are for that Texas based ignition interlock device that may become mandatory on all cars sold in the USA.

  2. Actually, the stats about the cost of higher education and remediation at college campuses are pretty much dead on, as some findings were posted like this by USA Today some 10 years ago, and based on NAEP results (nation’s education yardstick), none of what Heritage says about these two items is incorrect, IMO.

  3. How come there aren’t screams and yells for doing something about the high cost of higher ed. akin to those of healthcare, etc.? (Same for legal costs?)

    Any takers?

  4. PJ/Maryland says:


    Well, one reason is that not everyone is going to college at the moment, whereas we all visit doctors (at least occasionally).

    There are screams and yells when the state colleges raise their tuition (at least here in Maryland), but again it’s not that interesting to most of us. So it gets a mention or two on the TV news, and maybe an editorial in the local paper. But especially in the case of state schools, most people aren’t keen to pay higher taxes to keep tuition down.

    The private colleges usually point to all the financial aid they provide to allay concerns about the cost of attending. And I think most people now recognize that the alternate approach to college costs, increased government grants and loans, just tends to increase college costs further (supply and demand).

  5. PJ: You visit the doctor everyday?

    I’d wager that one spends much more time as a % of their life at college as opposed to a doctor or hospital.

    And, while obviously healthcare is important, a college diploma is huge in determining salary, advancement, etc.

  6. A factoid, the majority of people will spend the greatest amount of money on healthcare within the last 5 years of life.

    College costs can continue to rise, but I think it’s NOT where you get your degree from (assuming it’s from a fully accred. university or college), but what YOU do with said degree that makes the difference.

  7. Last five years of life. Fine.

    And if I wasn’t clear: the difference between a college diploma and NO college diploma.