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March 20, 2013 3:29 PM Why College Costs Too Much

By Daniel Luzer

There’s basically one reason. From the Atlantic:


State colleges, which educate about 80 percent of American undergraduates, make up for these cuts with tuition hikes.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Demosthenes on March 21, 2013 2:31 PM:

    I think there is another area where state universities cut their costs: class sizes and use of faculty. A year ago, I accompanied my son on a tour of the University of Illinois at Urbana. The tour guide stated the average class size for undergraduates was 140, and that many class sections are tought by teaching assistants, not the faculty. I attended the same school, and when I went the class sizes were generally a lot smaller, and I only recall a few "discussion" sections where teaching assistants led classes. I would be most interested if you folks had any information on this issue. Thank you!