Effects of Increasing Tuition in Higher Education Persuasive Essay by Nicky

An argument against the tuition increases in higher education in the U.S. and the resulting drop in graduation rates.
# 151322 | 829 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 31, 2012 in Education (Higher) , Political Science (Fiscal Policy (economy))

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The paper reveals that diminished public funding for higher education is leading to higher tuition rates, which in turn is producing lower enrollment and graduation rates. The paper argues that the U.S. government's reduced assistance for higher education will result in the American student and professional not keeping pace with the rest of the world. The paper contends that the only way to resolve the problems concerning enrollment and graduation is to return to a public philosophy of funding and support for higher education accessibility.

From the Paper:

"While it is true that tuition rates have a tendency to rise annually with the changes in the economy, the presence of general inflation and with trends of growth. It is when the tuition rates are actually indicative of the inverse trend that we begin to see the troubling consequences in our graduation rates. Quite to the point, we are at a phase in history where economic growth is stagnant, decreasing the abilities of individuals and families to foot the existing bills for higher education. As rates raise in the midst of this situation, the cost of higher education becomes yet more prohibitive. The price hikes that Trombley reports are categorically daunting in some states. As the Trombley article tells, "tuition and mandatory fee charges at four-year public institutions rose in every state, startlingly so in some cases. In Massachusetts, for instance, tuition jumped from $3,295 to $4,075, an increase of 24 percent, largest in the nation. Iowa, Missouri and Texas increased tuition and required fees by 20 percent, North Carolina by 19 percent, Ohio by 17 percent. Sixteen states increased tuition and fees by more than 10 percent." (Trombley, 1)

Sample of Sources Used:

  • DeMoranville, C. & O'Donnell, P. "Price Elasticity of Per-Credit-Hour Tuition Charges and the Effects on Four-Year Graduation Rates." Journal of Marketing for HigherEducation 11(4) 2001: 29-49. web.ebscohost.com 19 Oct. 2009 Web.
  • Trombley, W. "The Rising Price of Higher Education." The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Winter 2003. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. highereducation.org 19 Oct. Web.

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