Is This What It’s Come To?
Ohio State University tuition rates are going up, room and board is going up, and the university is leasing its parking facilities for 50 years to a company from Australia. After $500 million dollars in cuts to higher ed instruction in Ohio’s current biennial budget, isn’t it time to take a hard look at what we’re valuing in Ohio and who is benefiting?
The parking deal was pitched as a way to raise cash to invest to continue to provide high quality programs and opportunities for students – at least the ones who can still afford it. But with corporations making record profits and the wealthy getting ever wealthier, our priorities are out of whack. If anything, as the economy creeps back for average folks, we should be doing everything we can to lower tuition and other costs.