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BisonRoadWarrior
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BisonRoadWarrior
09-09-19 11:13 PM - Post#287541    

From Bucknell's VP of enrollment management, an interesting look at a sea change in national college enrollment trends with insights into how it's being felt at Bucknell.
https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20190906 -Co...
Bison89
Postdoc
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Bison89
09-10-19 09:17 AM - Post#287545    

BRW, that is very interesting and does not surprise me. I know that most of the parents that my wife and I know are very stressed out about how expensive private school tuition has become. When did $70k per year become the norm?

There is no way that many people can pay $280k for an undergraduate education, especially when medical, dental, law school, etc. is next. As such, even though we live in a middle class to upper-middle class town that values a quality education, the overwhelming majority of students seem to be going to state schools or to the private school that gives them the largest merit scholarship. Ironically, we just had a talk with my 17-year-old about this topic. He definitely does not want to graduate with any debt. So, as you can imagine, this will influence his decision making process.

Universities need to find a way to drastically cut costs or offer larger merit scholarships. Otherwise, it would not surprise me if some 2nd and 3rd tier schools end up closing or consolidating.
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!

jkrun80
Postdoc
Posts 2757
09-10-19 10:41 AM - Post#287546    

Southern Vermont College closed this year as have other small private colleges. I expect to see a shift in Bucknell's focus as well. Whether the current culture on campus can adapt is another question.
HuskyColonial
PhD Student
Posts 1460
09-10-19 11:05 AM - Post#287547    

I teach at Florida State College at Jacksonville. I have students who are applying to prestigious schools after saving moneyfor two years at the community college level. Same demographics as well. Middle to upper middle class families (mostly white) who want ultimately want a powerful degree but cannot afford four years of 50k plus undergraduate schools.
Bison89
Postdoc
Posts 4922
Bison89
09-10-19 01:22 PM - Post#287555    

  • HuskyColonial Said:
I teach at Florida State College at Jacksonville. I have students who are applying to prestigious schools after saving moneyfor two years at the community college level. Same demographics as well. Middle to upper middle class families (mostly white) who want ultimately want a powerful degree but cannot afford four years of 50k plus undergraduate schools.



Rowan University (NJ state school) is offering what they call a 3+1 degree. You spend 3 years at your local county college and 1 year at their main campus. They guarantee that all credits will transfer as long as you get all classes pre-approved by them. A friend told me that the entire 4 year program is supposed to be less than $50k. In NJ, that is a deal.
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!

Maryland Bison
Freshman
Posts 26
09-11-19 08:40 AM - Post#287572    

I went to Bucknell in the mid-80's, and I'm pretty sure that in 2019, students have to pay more for room and board than I did for tuition.



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