Monday, April 11, 2005

Assembly Favors Higher Tuition

According to a report in today's Daily D, the Student Assembly has passed a resolution encouraging the federal government to drive up the cost of education with increased subsidies. Fortunately, the consortium of Ivy League student governments known as the Ivy Council declined to approve the measure.

4 comments:

TO said...

Do you have any information on the content of the resolution? Because this post implies that the resolution is one demanding that Congress increase financial aid across the board.

The Cato article makes a decent argument for the idea that private colleges increase their tuition in response to increases in federal financial aid funding, but where in the D report does it say that the SA has asked Congress to increase funding?

The D says that the resolution "would urge members of Congress to more thoroughly examine issues surrounding financial aid for needy students and rising tuition." As far as I can tell, this could mean that the SA is urging Congress to consider the Cato argument and be more sophisticated about how it hands out financial aid.

Congress could always do something like the Solomon Amendments for tuition increases -- if your college receives federal funding, it must comply with specified restrictions on raising tuition, or something similar.

I suppose that treating the issue of the relation between tuition and federal aid with any sophistication would be highly uncharacteristic of the SA, but I don't think that the D article allows you to jump to the conclusion that this isn't the case.

It's like your "Daily Dartmouth Errata" post from a few days back -- you don't need to invent additional reasons to criticize the SA and the D. They're both populated with pompous self-important asses who make enough "real" mistakes to give you folks enough to write about.




Start quoted material from D re: SA resolution: -----------------------------------
This spring's delegates did not reach a conclusion on a resolution encouraging the U.S. Congress to address the issues surrounding rising tuition. The University of Pennsylvania's Undergraduate Assembly and Dartmouth's Student Assembly have already passed versions of the resolution.

The council voted to indefinitely postpone a final decision on the resolution, according to Dartmouth head delegate Jacques Hebert '07, who is also a writer for The Dartmouth.

Though largely symbolic in nature, Hebert said that the council's support of the resolution would urge members of Congress to more thoroughly examine issues surrounding financial aid for needy students and rising tuition.

"It would have constituted a strong statement by people whose schools have a lot of stake in the allocation of funds for financial aid," he said. "By not passing it, we're just not using Ivy Council as a forum to make that statement.

A student said...

Herbert said the resolution would ask Congress to look at "the allocation of funds for financial aid" because tuition is rising. That sounds a lot like he wants more financial aid.

TO said...

"look at the allocation of funds in light of rising tuition" could mean more money, or it could mean to look at the way allocating more funds causes rising tuition, per the Cato article.

TO said...

"look at the allocation of funds in light of rising tuition" could mean more money, or it could mean to look at the way allocating more funds causes rising tuition, per the Cato article.