There once was a time when students attended a particular university to study under a particular scholar. This hearkens back to a long ago time when teachers were itinerant with their students in tow. Those times are no more.
The future of American higher education will rest on the ability of leadership at all levels to see change as an investment and safeguard that protect and energize an academic culture now out of sync with the world around it.
If the alternatives are spending a little time to receive the financial aid to which you are entitled or putting yourself into debt to avoid paperwork, it seems that applying for financial aid makes much more sense.
Let's look at the facts. American higher education institutions have a number of ways to produce income. Their efforts start with the comprehensive fee -- tuition, fees, and room and board -- to provide most of the revenue available to them.
Despite everything that has happened in the economy, college still holds a strong attraction for most of today's young adults. There could be many possible reasons for this continued interest in education.
The hyper-inflation of tuition is well documented. By any measure, the cost of college attendance has increased dramatically. Higher education tends to be debt financed. The student loan bubble may well be like the subprime mortgage bubble -- only worse.
Tom Tancredo, a former Republican Congressman from Colorado, has placed ads in Metro State University's newspaper seeking plaintiffs for a lawsuit seeking damages from the University's decision to offer undocumented students a reduced tuition rate.