Higher Ed Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune

In today’s Pope Center piece, Duke Cheston writes about the no-frills environment of community colleges in North Carolina. Faculty members are paid to teach and at one school recently had to do 24 contact hours per week because of the huge increase in enrollments. They don’t spend money on sports or other non-educational frills that proliferate at big-budget schools, such as diversity centers. But isn’t the instructional quality low? Not necessarily; sometimes it’s very good and sometimes not, but that’s equally true of prestige universities.

A recent paper by CCAP on ways to cut college costs put at the top of the list encouraging more students to go to community colleges. That appears to be happening.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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