Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs
Can academia learn from Olive Garden to balance cost and quality?
I’d say that any school that accepts public funds should have its books opened up and dissected for public review.
While I can’t say how much of the meteoric increase in tuition is due to actual education costs or due to the many luxuries that schools use to lure students to campus, I can say that college students now, even at public universities, are enjoying a standard of life that is better than I did in 1998-2002 and are treated like royalty compared to my siblings’ college experiences in the early 90’s.
We had a 20 inch TV in a single lounge for all 60-70 people on our floor. My wife’s little brother is attending a state university that offers 60 inch plasma TV’s in each of the four lounges on his dorm’s floor… that holds about the same number of people.
Oh, and they get all cable channels plus HBO.
If you follow the links back to Matthew Yglesias’ blog it’s astonishing to what extent the comments center on Olive Garden and how nasty the comments are that, to the extent they do, address the idea that the public education system has anything to learn from Olive Garden.
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