Robert Robb, columnist for the Arizona Republic, posted an item to his AzCentral.com blog titled: "Avoiding community college tuition increases." I made the following comment to Robb's posted.posted by Gerald9588 on Mar 27, 2008 at 06:29 AM The Maricopa County Community College District would be a penny stock if it were a publically traded company. Since the fall of 1997, the MCCCD has raised tuition rates 91.9%. The fall 1997 tuition rate was $37 (per in-state credit hour). Now it is $71. According to a CPI Inflation Calculator, what cost $37 in 1997 costs $48.80 in 2008. In other words, the 2008-09 MCCCD tuition rate should be at most $50. These tuition rate increases exclude increases to course fees. Almost every course has a "fee" attached to it. For example, a student taking an English class has to pay an $x course fee. Why? In many cases it's called revenue generation. A couple of years ago the MCCCD raised the registration fee from $5 to $15 (a 200% increase). You would think after spending millions of dollars on computer systems that the registration fee would do down rather up. The MCCCD has done virtually nothing to allay the cost of textbooks. For example, a basic algebra textbook can cost over $100. That's about $100 more than what it should cost. Almost all instructors require their students to buy textbooks. I have worked for the MCCCD since the fall of 1997. My job could easily be eliminated. In addition, to date, I have not experienced a pay cut. It is simply way too easy to force students to spend money they don't have (i.e. take on debt) in the hopes their college paperwork will pay off in the long run. As far as I know, college degrees come with zero guarantees. In 2008-09 it will cost a student $86 to take a 1-credit course, but that does not include course fee (if any), book expense (if any), and transportation costs to get to/from campus. The MCCCD promotes life-long learning, but sadly there are too many of us who cannot afford to use the MCCCD to help us be life-long learners.
Creator: Gerald Thurman
Created: 29 March 2008
Last Modified: Saturday, 05-Jan-2013 11:15:49 MST