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Subject:  Re: College degree value Date:  5/1/2013  11:15 PM
Author:  PolymerMom Number:  49274 of 73749

Good points, one and all, but you missed a big one. State funding of the higher education has decreased dramatically and wages haven't kept up.

State appropriations have historically been the most important source of funding for higher education, but over the past two decades that support has waned. Between 1990 and 2010, real appropriations per full time equivalent student (FTE) declined by 26.1 percent, putting funding today at its lowest level since 1990.1

As real state spending per full time student decreased, institutions made up the difference by raising the price of attendance, shifting costs that were once a social investment onto students and their families instead. Over the same 20 year period, tuition costs have increased by 112 percent at 4-year public universities and by 71 percent at 2-year colleges.


http://www.demos.org/publication/college-funding-context-und...

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