September 29, 2010 | Filed Under Editorial Cartoons
3 Responses to “Building Project”
Usually I agree with your toons position. This time, however, I think you shot in the dark….and in the wrong direction. SC colleges and universities are growing to accomodate the growing number of unemployed workers who came to the same conclusion I did….there are thousands of jobs available…if you have the right training for them. I went back to school and got my degree after working most of my life in dead-end production/manufacturing jobs….because I wanted something more. Even production/manufacturing jobs now require some training. The most surprising thing for me is that you sided with our Governor on this. In a state that ranks next to last in education, why would you down-play anything that might encourage education. Your wife is/was a teacher. I’d think you would have more or a sympathetic lean….
What “extra” tuition money? Students have a source that is not loans–the Math Stupidity Tax a/k/a Lottery funds, just as if they had won the lottery themselves or inherited from a rich uncle, but the schools have had the funds they can actually control cut. Professors have not gotten COLA raises in 6 years! Programs have been cut. Buildings are seriously under-maintained, and dormitory space is at a premium! Really!
I agree that money could be pulled out of construction to curb the tuition increases, but this is only a temporary measure with a limited effect. The money being used for construction is a finite resource that will eventually run dry, and when that happens, we’ll be back at square one watching tuition rise by 7-15% per year. Just a note, this was happening well before the recession, and for the exact same reason!
They want the universities to use this money to stop tuition increases to justify MORE budget cuts. The simple fact is that this state puts a fraction of the funding into higher education that other states do. Until that changes, South Carolina’s average in-state tuition will remain the highest in the South.
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