Cost of UConn has changed with student preferences, state support, new technologies

Ariel Dowski ’14 (CLAS)/UConn Photo
Ariel Dowski ’14 (CLAS)/UConn Photo

HARTFORD, Conn. – College is a proverbial milestone in American culture — one that is coming with an increasingly hefty price tag.

But while tuition and fees continue to climb, economists and policy makers continue to scratch their heads, wondering how universities went from “the good old days” of $300 degrees, to requiring tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

The consensus among budget-makers at the University of Connecticut is that the answer is far from simple. While tighter fiscal times may play a role, some assert that rising costs are due to changing student preferences: that is, growing demands and higher expectations.

As generations become accustomed to new technologies and luxuries, each wave of new students demands nicer living quarters, better dining halls, faster wireless Internet and more student services. As more is demanded, the costs climb higher, and the more competitive universities become with each other as they vie to attract the best and brightest students — and their tuition dollars.

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3 responses to “Cost of UConn has changed with student preferences, state support, new technologies”

  1. anon

    Track the growth of salaries, benefits and top administrative perks against the growth of things like snow removal and capital improvements like dorm rooms.

    “In budgetary times when snow removal is virtually deemed a luxury, covering mandatory costs is an even bigger challenge, according to UConn’s Associate Vice President of Finance and Budget Lysa Teal.

    “The expense side is often driven by salaries and fringes, and a lot of that is not in the control of the university just because we are a state university and many of our contracts are statewide contracts,” Teal said.”

  2. EveT

    Track the growth of UConn’s executive compensation against what is paid to the folks who actually teach the students. Well-heeled administrators who think it’s smart to get rid of full-time faculty and rely increasingly on adjuncts are cutting their nose to spite their face.

  3. piberman

    No mystery here. Colleges are where administrators and faculty make their living and if students get educated that’s ok too. That phrase was written a century ago. Despite top pay nationally CT’s UCON is not top ranked save for its sports team. But its employees do make one mighty public union advocavy group. So lets give more billions to UCON. its modest endowment tells all – not much student loyalty from its graduates. CT politicos love to fund UCON no matter that the state’s premier colleges are privately run and collectively raise a billion dollars annually. The Yankee institute documented that one of UCON’s retired faculty earns $250,000 annually from his pension. Thank you Senator Duff, Rep. Perone and Gov. Malloy for such generosity.

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