I would like to start off by saying two simple words not only to Noel, but the whole class as well… thank you! As I look back on the last six weeks, it almost feels as if it went by as fast as a blink of an eye — and I contribute this to how enjoyable it was. I believe that the whole class complemented one another in a way that made the three hours on Mondays and Wednesdays go by so fast. With the laid back atmosphere, in which I found extremely beneficial in the overall learning experience, and the material discussed, I can gladly say that I’ve learned a ton over this fast paced summer session.
I’ll be the first one to admit that as an engineer, I never found the need to take humanities electives necessary in my overall college experience for several reasons. One, I felt that the classes would have no overall effect or impact with my career in engineering. Two, it seemed like an unneeded cost tacked onto the already outrageous cost of tuition, and three I never really took interest in them. As we approach our final class, I look back on my overall attitude towards these types of courses and realize how much it has changed. Yes, I understand the importance of exceptional writing skills and how detrimental they are in the real world, justifying the need for a ‘W’ course, but this class opened my eyes too much more.
I personally enjoyed my topic that I researched over the duration of this class; why is college tuition so expensive and are colleges turning into corporations? I admit that because I’m not paying for my college tuition personally, I’ve never really looked into this crises that so many of my peers our facing day and day out. Yet, this class has afforded me the opportunity to do so, truly making me more conscious of this flawed higher educational system that we’re all in.
As the son of a business owner myself, I understand the overall concept on competing with competitors in order to not only provide, but to make your business profitable. As for universities all over America, although many will say they’re not businesses, I believe they have the same mindset. With that being said, and with the knowledge gained from my research, I can strongly say that our society as a whole is actually responsible for this issue. To elaborate, the main reason for tuition prices skyrocketing over the last 20 years pertains to the law of supply and demand. As the demand for a college education increases, which results in more students applying to schools, universities are left with two important decisions. Do they expand which would enable them to accept more students, or raise the cost of tuition? In the route of expansion, it would take too many resources and not enough time, so we are left in our current situation, where tuition is rising faster than inflation.
Throughout all of our projects, readings, and discussions, I have found this class extremely helpful and enjoyable and am in shock its already over. When I signed up for this course, I’ll admit that I thought it would be more of a burden than anything. But it was quite the contrary.
Thanks again and I hope everyone has an awesome rest of their summer!