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Reduced Classroom Time Due to Coronavirus is Driving Students to Demand Tuition Cuts

Reduced Classroom Time Due to Coronavirus is Driving Students to Demand Tuition Cuts

“We want our tuition to reflect the way our education is being experienced now”

Students and parents should have been demanding tuition cuts before now. The price of college is completely out of control.

Reuters reports:

With classroom time reduced, U.S. college students demand tuition cuts

Full-time students at Chicago’s Columbia College spend $14,000 a year for professional, hands-on training in dance, film and music that the school normally offers in studios and classrooms scattered across the city’s South Loop and Near South Side.

When the coronavirus pandemic led the school to move some coursework online this summer without reducing tuition, many students, including Isaiah Moore, cried foul.

A television and cultural studies major, Moore now leads a group of students holding campus demonstrations, circulating a petition and meeting with school officials in the hopes of a tuition cut and more transparency in the college’s finances.

“We want our tuition to reflect the way our education is being experienced now,” said the 21-year-old from New Jersey. “This is the time we need more unprecedented solutions to unprecedented problems.”

Moore is one of a growing number of U.S. college students pushing for their schools to cut tuition and fees because of reduced in-person classroom time and less access to on-campus resources.

The sky-rocketing cost of post-secondary education is a perennial issue in the United States. It intensified this spring when U.S. colleges and universities, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, canceled classes and shut down campuses. Dozens of students filed lawsuits asking courts to force schools to issue refunds.

With two-thirds of American colleges moving at least some of their fall classes online, students have become more vocal in their objections, saying they are not getting the education they purchased.


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If they’re not getting what they paid for … they’re getting ripped off. Asking for a tuition cut or partial refund is justified.

    healthguyfsu in reply to PODKen. | September 28, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    You can ask for whatever you want…that doesn’t make it justified.

    In my case, most of our classes haven’t cut instructional time at all. However, the labs that I teach have cut time in half but also cut student enrollment in each session in half.

    Therefore, they are paying for less in-class hours but better instructional attention and double the resource access during that time.

Hieronymous Machine | September 28, 2020 at 3:24 pm

My dean once commented that, in her view, only about 20% of learning took place in the classroom; much more occurred in the dining halls.

Tuition doesn’t cover just classroom time: Think of speakers, events (esp. for frosh!), concerts, exhibitions, theater, chance meetings, bumping into a prof at Naples Pizza, study sessions, bull sessions, and on and on and on.

Look, here’s the deal, man: If a kid is getting a Phoenix U. experience, that kid should demand Phoenix U. tuition.

Also, these theater/dance majors are the same SJW idiots that think everyone should get paid regardless of whether the market supports it. Let them live in their socialist utopia and enjoy it for a spell.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 29, 2020 at 6:06 am

“In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one can argue, to whom one can present grievances, on whom the pressures of power can be exerted. Bureaucracy is the form of government in which everybody is deprived of political freedom, of the power to act; for the rule by Nobody is not no-rule, and where all are equally powerless, we have a tyranny without a tyrant.”

– Hannah Arendt, On Violence

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 5, 2020 at 10:55 pm


Parents at New York’s elite Dalton School are spitting mad over having to pay $54,180 in tuition for online-only classes during the pandemic