4119 THACKIN DRIVE
LANSING, MICHIGAN 48911-1920
“To preserve our independence,
we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
We must make our election between
economy and liberty or profusion and servitude”
— Thomas Jefferson
September 12, 2018
HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA HAS FAILED. LET’S FIX IT NOW!
1. THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN:
We all know the travails of our universities today: These include Nassarism, other sexual assaults, (The Ann Arbor News has reported that there was a 61% increase in sexual assaults reported on the University of Michigan campus last year) (The Lansing State Journal reported that “1 in 5 women, and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted in college”) professors stealing classroom time paid for by students to promote their political ideology, harassment, disruption of student group meetings by students militantly opposed to free speech with which they disagree, snowflakes who need their blankey if another student expresses anywhere on campus a statement with which they disagree, and the outrageous tuition increases which saddle students with a lifetime of unnecessary debt.
Since the Autumn of 1955 (when I was a Freshman) full time in state student tuition at the University of Michigan has increased from $90 to $7,631 per semester, an increase of 8,379%. At the same time, the consumer price index, as reported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, has increased from 26.8 to 250.5, an increase of 835%. Over the past 63 years the price of a University of Michigan education has increased by 10 times the rate of inflation–an outrageous and totally unconscionable price increase! Had University of Michigan tuition increased only at the rate of inflation, today’s tuition would be $752 per semester, a reasonable fee.
2. UNIVERSITIES EVERYWHERE:
a. These problems (and injuries at fraternity or sorority initiations or parties) occur to a greater or lesser extent at Colleges and Universities everywhere.
b. Unless the entire campus and all of its residence halls, fraternities, and sororities are policed 24 hours a day there is no way that student safety on campus can be 100% guaranteed.
c. Unless ALL student speech is totally banned, there is no way that ANY university can totally protect the sensitive ears of any snowflake or militant radical on campus from ever hearing an idea they may find distasteful.
THE PROBLEM SOLVED: USE TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY
Today’s universities are still using the same method of instruction that was used by European Universities 800 years ago. Students are required to live on or near campus and meet for classes in lecture halls that can accommodate a limited number of students.
It’s time for American universities to come out of the middle ages and into the 21st century! Today’s technology permits online instruction of an unlimited number of students, each learning on a computer located in the safety and comfort of the student’s own home! (Students at the University of Michigan Medical School already have the option of watching some lectures on their own computer rather than in the lecture hall.)
Universities can improve the quality of education by providing lecture tapes licensed from America’s best instructor in every course and studied in the safety and comfort of each student’s own home.
Students can report to testing centers in major cities, or on the campus of the university of their choice, for mid-term and final examinations. Students who meet the course requirements and pass their examinations should receive their degrees–all without ever needing to set foot on a university campus!
No expensive administration procedures are required. Anyone who pays the $1,504 annual tuition fee (inflation adjusted 1955-56 tuition) should be admitted. Each student may personally determine if he or she qualifies for admission and prove it by passing the required course examinations.
Universities do not need blocks of residence halls, an army of highly paid instructors and eligibility determination administrators.
By learning at home each student can save each year $13,326 (2018 University quoted “On Campus Room, Board, and Other expenses”) and at a tuition rate of $1,503 per year (inflation adjusted 1955-56 tuition) an additional $14,528 per year in tuition. Total Savings: $27,854 per year.
Students should not be saddled with a lifetime of unnecessary debt!
And why, you may ask, has this system not already been implemented? The answer is simple–too many unnecessary administrators, staff, and instructors are making too much money by mercilessly ripping off our kids, and inflicting on them a lifetime of unnecessary debt!
At the dawn of the industrial age some factory workers opposed the installation of machinery because they thought it would eliminate jobs, but today’s mass production has given American workers the highest standard of living of any country in the world! And today, reactionary University officials are opposing progress–preventing the dawn of a new age of highly educated and debt-free Americans. The “Home of the Brave and the “Land of the Free” can also become the Land of a far greater number of highly educated and debt-free Americans.
HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE
The US Taxpayers Party of Michigan had adopted a Policy Statement calling for legislation to reduce tuition charges to inflation adjusted 1955 levels for all public educational institutions in Michigan and for all private educational institutions that receive any public funding or who accept students that receive any publically financed scholarships or tuition assistance. The Policy Statement concludes with this advice on securing its implementation: “IF YOU’RE TIRED OF BEING RIPPED OFF: FIRE YOUR POLITICIANS!”
Paid for with regulated funds by;
Edward Joseph Sanger Committee
4119 Thackin Drive, Lansing, Michigan 48911
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