Some time in the next few months, I'm going to go on the News Cut Campus Tour, a chance to talk to college students about their outlook for their future. But today is a good time to ask one of the key questions: How much is too much?
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Friday approved a two-year budget that will increase the tuition for students by 9 percent. The U will also ask the Legislature for another $141 million on top of the $1.5 billion it gets now, the Star Tribune reports this morning.
The announcement came on the same day the U's athletic department conducted a media tour of its new football stadium, originally a $248 million project that was originally to cost the state about $100 million. It's up to $137 million now, not far from the amount the U will ask for when the Legislature returns.
With or without the football stadium, the U would be increasing tuition; it's been doing so for years. If you're a parent of a soon-to-be-college-bound student, where's the tipping point for you? If you're a current student, is there any price that would make you pursue a degree elsewhere? If not, what's your plan for paying off your debt in an economy in which jobs are becoming more scarce?
A commenter on the University of Minnesota Daily newspaper Web site asks even more questions:
Why do U of M undergraduates bear the highest debt load of any students in the Big Ten? More than Michigan, five grand more than Iowa and Wisconsin, and ten grand more than Illinois.
If you're about to begin the college search process, here's an idea to consider -- let News Cut follow you over the next months or years as you decide. I'll select one family. If you're interested, contact me.
Not much has changed in Twin Cities newsrooms since I wrote an article in 1999 on the clumsy application of ethics when it comes to naming the names of people who are arrested on the suspicion of committing a crime, but who have not yet been charged.
Remember Richard Jewell? He was the guy who was arrested for the Atlanta Olympics bombing. He didn't do it, but he was named as a suspect and that was enough to ruin his life at the time.
Minnesota Public Radio has a policy of not naming suspects until they're charged precisely for that reason. But everything gets blurry when (a) Another media source names the name and (b) the person is "famous."
Today, the news is out that the co-host of a popular talk show on a Twin Cities radio station has been arrested -- but not yet charged -- for allegedly possessing meth. Maybe he did. Maybe he didn't. In any event, it doesn't matter anymore. At best, his career is over.
Read the old article and then let's hear your opinion.(14 Comments)