… in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the most charitable description of what’s been going on at the clubby University of Minnesota medical school would be “bizarre.”
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Differs from that of the Morrill Hall Crowd at
University of Minnesota
One of my friends sent me a note about a solicitation from CLA for student financial support. This letter admits the pitiful circumstances in which many U of M graduates find themselves because of high tuition. This despite our President's empty claim that additional scholarship money is making up for the increases in tuition.
Obviously this is not the case. Otherwise, why would we raise tuition?
From a recent CLA fund-raising letter:
"Twenty, thirty, forty thousand dollars. That's how much many of today's students owe when they graduate from college. But their debt isn't due to lack of foresight or saving. The cost of higher education has so far outpaced inflation that increasing numbers of students are borrowing more than ever to pay for college. As a result, many students can't afford to pursue their dreams and aspirations that a college degree makes possible.”
"Scholarships enable students with ability and desire to realize their potential and avoid graduating with a level of debt that could take a decade to repay. Scholarships also free students from having to work so many hours that there's little time to make the most of the exceptional experience the College of Liberal Arts has to offer. But scholarships don't simply bestow money. They instill something else every student needs to succeed: confidence.
"Please take a moment to make a contribution. Your gift will help ensure that students are able to focus on what matters most right now--getting an education that cultivates their potential and paves the way to better tomorrows.
"Thank you for your generous support.
- James A. Parente Jr.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
On numerous occasions I have asked President Bruininks to explain why our undergraduates have the highest debt load of any public school in the BigTen. This question has never been answered or even addressed. President Bruininks?
Maybe you should explain to Dean Parente your claim that access has not been hindered by high tuition and the problem has already been taken care of by scholarships?
Whose ambitious aspirations are more important, President Bruininks, yours or those of our undergraduates?
See earlier posts on this matter: