Cutting college costs

On Community College Spotlight:  As college tuition continues to rise, cost-cutting ideas include starting more students at community college, eliminating tenure and pushing three-year bachelor’s degrees and dual-enrollment high school classes. But taxpayers won’t save money by shifting students to community college, a new study concludes. The average four-year college spends less on lower-division students than community colleges spend.

In Kaplan faces scrutiny, the New York Times takes on the Washington Post’s very profitable for-profit higher education company.

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  1. It makes sense – the cc where I teach caps class size at 48 for the ‘big lectures’. My freshman lectures had some great profs, but 100-250 students. I was fine, but a lot of my students would be lost without more accessible faculty. If they had to take the class multiple times to pass, it might be more cost effective to pay for the small class size to start with (independent of the fact that cc pay is often not as high as university pay if, as when I was an undergrad, the classes were taught by tenured/tt faculty).

  2. I like the three year bachelor degrees – or the two-year if states continue to support and develop dual-enrollment, and colleges accept more AP/IB credit. The k-16 is outdated and inefficient, not to mention fiscally wasteful.

    How would eliminating tenure cut costs? Sounds dubious and ideological to me.