Video of the day: Where do your tuition dollars go?

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Colorado State University has gone video crazy. Just days ago, CSU shared a clip of mascot Cam the Ram training for the Rocky Mountain Showdown -- which didn't really work out, given the CU Buffs surprisingly comfortable win. Now, the school has released what it describes as an "artistic video" in which a new-grad illustrator helps CSU president Tony Frank explain why tuition for average student Cam the Ram (yes, him again) costs so damn much. Will it make sticker shock sting any less? Decide for yourself by watching the video below.

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Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Apparently, a substantial portion of tuition goes to pay for producing videos, in place of a letter with a table of expenditures. It's also interesting that they provide information about where 100% of the tuition and fees go, but they leave out where the tax money goes (you know, what I, the taxpayer am paying.)

As for "fees," why are they lumped into a sum for everyone to pay? Why aren't people paying for what they use? Call me old fashioned, but I like to pay for the services I want, and not for services I don't want.

I liked when he told me students are basically paying $40 each for WIFI...sure, an over-simplification, but it's not that far off...and why are "facilities" paid for partly by tuition and partly by fees? This sounds like it hides something.

He goes on about how "fees" are controlled by students with a list of "boards," but the fees are something like 1/10 of what the student pays. The student would probably appreciate this kind of control over tuition...or, is the student's lack of control over it why it's ten times as much?

Finally, correlation is not causality. Because universities pick "the best and brightest," I sure hope they deliver graduates who make more, because they were qualified to make more before they went to the university. There was a news story today where an entrepreneur is actually paying students $100,000 to leave college so they can create now, which the economy needs. He believes that college is costing students money, more than giving them tools to make money.

WRT "making money," consider the following:

"If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose—because it contains all the others—the fact that they were the people who created the phrase 'to MAKE money.' No other language or nation had ever used these words before; men had always thought of wealth as a static quantity—to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted, or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created. The words 'to make money' hold the essence of human morality."

Francisco d'Anconia on Money


So how much did making these videos cost?

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

By the way, it's farcical to claim that the money comes back to Colorado when the student eventually pays taxes. Today, the vast majority of students leave the state for a job. I know I did, and I was glad to leave California, but sad to see Colorado Californicated by so much of the same nonsense!



I found it funny that he neglected to mention how part of this semester's fees included a "construction fee" ... isn't something like superficial upgrades to building exteriors for the sake of increasing the visual appeal supposed to come out of the existing budget, not dumped back on the students who get noting our of it (last I checked classes were mostly held INSIDE the buildings).

I saw that and the reek of double dipping almost knocked me out.

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