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Opinion: Legislature undermining higher ed

My point isn't to disagree with the fact that a student pays more (even after adjusting for inflation). The graphic above just shows that the inflation adjusted cost to the university of providing a college education rose from $13,137 to $15,351. The state contributed $9036 in 1992 and now contributes $5849 (less now and falling, that was 2011). The point is that the burden has shifted to the student. I am not suggesting a dollar amount of contribution, nor a fraction from the state that would be "best". Reasonable people will disagree, with some saying the state should contribute zero, others more. However, these numbers suggest that it is not because KU just decided to be less efficient. The numbers suggest that the state gives far less now than in 1992, adjusted for inflation, and as a percentage of the true cost incurred by the university.

August 23, 2013 at 2:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Legislature undermining higher ed

This graph is adjusted for inflation. The COST of the education has increased by about $2000 in real terms. The fraction that is paid by the student has increased. What the graph shows is that Kansas institutions have been good stewards the of their funds relative to the entire population of schools in the US (according the WSJ cited above). It also shows that the legislature has decreased funding dramatically.

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One can and should debate the ideal fraction of state support , but it doesn't make sense to say that the universities have huge increases in costs ($2000 since the early 90's). The cost to the STUDENT has indeed increased.

August 23, 2013 at 9:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Wrong direction

A practical solution to this problem for KU is to raise tuition and keep the best faculty. There is no need to get into a fight with the legislature. The state funding is low by any historical standard with no hope for increase. If KU waits for state funding, it will be too late. Building a great university from scratch is more difficult than trying to maintain a great university. I guess I will have to pay more for my kids to go to KU, but that is better than paying much more for a similar quality private school or paying even more for a worse out of state school (like MU).

July 18, 2013 at 10:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House Speaker Merrick blasts regents, KU over funding, salary issues

Many of us here knew such a reaction was coming after the poorly timed raise for BGL and then the diversity search. IMO the state universities are great for Kansas and the decreased state support is a mistake. However, it is true that KU does have multiple administrative positions with titles that boggle the mind (Associate Vice Provost of ....). This is not just a matter of marketing. Many of these positions exist to create more work for others so that the Associate Provost of Vice can get a raise. The mistake is to suggest that because of some fat, we should make huge cuts or that a random guy in the coffee shop knows exactly where to cut. The analogy would be suggesting that a fat guy should cut off his legs to lose weight.

June 26, 2013 at 7:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents want to restore higher ed funding cuts

^This. I don't mind if more people go (or not). However, I would hope that by keeping high standards, students would rise to the challenge. Lowering standards for getting a mortgage proved to be a bad idea. Lowering standards for college is just as bad.

June 20, 2013 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU chancellor to get $60,000 pay raise funded through KU Endowment Association

The universities in Kansas have been decimated by reduced state funding. However, to raise the salaries of the chancellors at this time seems like a poor way to make a case for increased support to Kansans who foot 17 percent of the bill. Most of the employees (professors, adjuncts) haven't seen a nominal raise in six years. Pay for performance is a great idea. However, I am not sure if one can point to any accomplishments of the chancellor since her hiring.

June 20, 2013 at 3:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU planning to launch 15 new online programs over 5 years under new deal with startup company

Programs in the Education school are one of the rare cases where online education makes sense. Many teachers can't get raises unless they get some extra courses, regardless of their abilities. They respond like lab rats and press the "more education" button . If I were back in college, I would avoid online education. I suspect employers will correctly view online courses as a poor substitute for traditional college. FHSU, KSU, KU, etc should do what they do well and leave the University of Phoenix alone.

June 5, 2013 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget advances with 'devastating' cuts to KU

The asymmetry in KU hiring is that it is very easy for the best faculty to leave, and hiring new faculty is incredibly difficult. The regents should aggressively raise tuition so that the legislature gets out of higher education. The 21% of funding from the state is not worth it. I see that the private school options for my kids cost more than double KU tuition, so even with no state support, KU is a great option for my kids. When good faculty leave, "cheap" education becomes like cheap heart surgery.

June 2, 2013 at 10:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )