Congratulations President Penley for finally coming clean with the students about your plan to adjust tuition to ensure our institution’s future.
While many of us may not like the prospect off shelling out extra cash on what may already seem like an overly expensive college education, it may be the only option we have to keep our school competitive.
Colorado is ranked 50th in the nation for higher education funding and, contrary to the big talk in the capital about remedying this problem, no moves have yet been made. So for any funding increases to happen, we’re going to have to pony up the dough.
If tuition remains at its current rate, we run the risk of losing what makes our University great. Facilities cost money to maintain, and our faculty cannot be expected to work for free. These are things we can’t afford to do without if we want to maintain the quality of our university.
That being said, we need to be careful about what kind of changes we allow to happen.
We are not CU Boulder and we should not be basing what to charge for tuition based on what they are allowed to. They have more extensive programs in law and medicine that require them to spend more money, so it stands to reason that they should be allowed to charge a little more for tuition.
In the rush to stay competitive, we hope President Penley doesn’t forget that the little guy deserves a quality education too. Our goal as a state school should be to make sure that it is not only available, but that he can also afford it.