"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—"
TPPF Policy Orientation: Today, the majority of students in K-12 education in Texas are 'low-income'...how are they going to pay for college?!?
Rep Mando Martinez (D - South Texas):
- About 25% of the population in the Rio Grande Valley has 9th grade or less education level
- The trades pay a lot more than liberal arts grads.
Dr. Ronald Towbridge:
- 60% of K-12 students in Texas are 'low-income'
- Hispanics have a higher college graduation percentage than whites.
- 3 recommendations:
- Colleges need to send academic and social advisors into local high schools.
- Develop 'early college' high schools and expand dual-credit courses.
- Encourage the legislature to focus on lower income students and don't give preference to elite schools.
- Why should UT students get a bigger subsidy than community college student?!?
- Re: UT/Houston turf war: Universities aren't supposed to expand duplicative programs.
- "U.T. wants to be a hog and take the money from the University of Houston.
- "An unspoken cartel now governs universities."
- 50% of major university professors don't publish a single article in a year.
- U.T. and A&M begging for money is grotesque.
- Only 20% of the faculty at U.T. ever publishes anything.
Jorge Klor de Alva:
- The longer students are in college, the less likely they are to finish.
- College students HAVE to learn about personal finance.
- Students need "timely and accurate" information about costs.
- When higher ed. institutions fail, students end up in debt and unprepared for the workplace.
- Large University endowments create perverse incentives when they are combined with government subsidies.
- UT-Austin gets $6k per student in annual subsidies from the state.
- Something about tax credits and panels of experts.
Author's Note: This panel did a good job identifying the problem, but they whiffed on the solution; the way to fix higher ed. affordability is to cut off their subsidies at the federal level and have the Texas Legislature repeal tuition 'deregulation.'