The suggestion was made, in an EMail thread, that the Federal Government could insert itself and clean up this problem for not-for-profit colleges and universities.♥ Below are a couple of responses to that suggestion:
There is a potentially dangerous implication of this, namely that the federal government has the right and, possibly, obligation to emesh itself into the administration of private, not for profit universities including the potential to dictate curricula whether or not the universities agree. Personally, I believe that that is an extremely dangerous precedent.That is my underlining. I would note that neither of the commenters come across to me as "Tea Party" members. Both are thoughtful academics.Good thinking and I agree. Curriculum was not something I was considering at all for any kind of university, but rather annual rates of increase in tuition driven by expenditures on things not directly related to a university's primary mission of teaching and research - notably capital investment projects, rather than in classrooms, libraries and labs, and expansion of administrative bureaucracy.
Agree the government intruding on university curriculum (which I expect soon anyway under the guise of "accountability") would be generally pernicious.
In addressing the Education Bubble we need to find a way to avoid an economic meltdown of the lower middle class. At the same time we need to resist the spread of [generally pernicious] Government influence in Academia. One of the things that has helped in the formation and growth of Western Democracy has been the relative independence of colleges and universities. And, for every Harvard or Brown there is some Land Grant school keeping the balance. Together, they have helped to make this a great nation.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Apparently the experts are now using the term "Tulip Mania", but in doing so they are losing some moral clarity.
♥ As I recall, the Administration is already making noises about regulating and controlling "evil" for-profit post secondary educational establishments.