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Students as an “Indentured Class”

In the current Chronicle Review, Professor Jeffrey Williams contributes an essay entitled “A New Indentured Class” wherein he makes a complaint that we are hearing more and more often, namely that government isn’t doing nearly enough to subsidize higher education. Students are being strangled in their college loans. “Debt,” Williams writes, “puts a sizable tariff on social hope.”

The irony here is that it the culprits are the legions of college administrators whose inability to say no to faculty demands for more money in exchange for less work and who have smiled upon the Brobdignagian growth of their institutions in ways that have nothing to do with providing a serious education to undergraduates.
Higher-ed costs have been skyrocketing and more of the expense has been falling on students and their families. Too bad that the outrage isn’t focused on the center of the problem.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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