If you look at some of the university majors that weren't there 30 years ago, it is easy to see why costs are up. One clown majored in ventriloquism. The school had to hire faculty to support that major. The list of rediculous majors is long or as odummy would say unprecedented...just look at the schedule of classes at a few schools.Common Sense is right. WHY In the Hell are College Costs, which ARE FIXED, Rising Faster than Health Care Costs?
It's because it's all this Free Money politicians are throwing around. These bloated Loans are creating an artificial bubble.
Majors and grad degrees like Northern European poetry, roots, etc. need to be eliminated and faculty hired to support those types of useless degrees need to be laid off.
Secondly, most universities allow tenured professors to teach 3 hours per semester. The rest of their time is spent chasing skirts around campus and playing god. Faculty members should be forced to teach 12 hours per semester or find jobs at other institutions. There are plenty of good GA's who would take those jobs for less money and probably do a better job.
Then there is the issue of useless senior positions at every university. University of Virginia, a school that I am very familiar with, hired a director of sensativity a few years ago. In his job description, he was charged with eliminating hate speech...in other words, limit or eliminate first amendment rights. Every university heirarchy is loaded with these types of useless positions.