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Well, Charles SUndin certainly put a cramp in the devil's advocate's style when he wrote that: > Gary Davis finally found me out. I would like to provide free college > education to the best, brightest, and most highly motivated no matter > what their background. Because I feel the same way. He goes on to say: > I haven'f figured out how to determine who is the best, brightest, and > most highly motivated 17-18 year olds. And this is problematical, sice some of the best blossom later. In the Province of New Brunswick, where I live, tuition is relatively high for Canada at about $2,100 per year. Our admission standards, as a "state" institution, are probably a bit on the low side, and we admit a lot of part time students, many of whom are single parents and "mature" (post 21!) students. As a result, there are a lot who get "weeded out", but a few stars have emerged. The last remnant of devil's advocacy I have left asks "what is the appropriate cutoff point between alphaerrors and beta errors?" This will probably be determined by budgetary pressure from the devil's allies, the government. > But, let's return to the subject we are supposed to be on. I received > an article from WISCONSIN WEEK, a UW-Madison faculty and staff > publication. It states, "Six Big Ten schools already charge students a > special technology fee, and Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin are > seeking such a fee. Only at Northwestern, where tuition tops $15,000 a > year, is there no technology fee nor any movement to levy one." It would be interesting to compare these "technology" fees (I thought all learning was a type of "technology") with parking fees, athletic fees, and so on. Are they appropriately balanced? > This is in reference to make a special tuition assessment for all (note > all) students. This not only would cover computer labs but help student > E-mail access including access to their instructors, INTERNET, etc. All students at UNBSJ (where I am) have free access to the internet, I think, if they are enrolled in a computer course. I'm not sure about other students, but I think they can have free access if they ask for it. (We have medicare, too!) > Since the competent and less motivated students will go to the > university, tuition is needed if for no other reason than commitment. Sounds appropriate to me -- do you think $2,100 is enough? > It the taxpayers won't pay for the additional information technology > infrastructure, etc., then the students must. I think my original question was whether it was balanced appropriately across users, given different requirements for different courses. But I am now beginning to think it is all a red herring, and that these costs are trivial in relation to -- dare I say it -- professors' salaries! - Gary Davis ------------------------------------------------------------- Gary Davis (PhD) Associate Professor Faculty of Business University of New Brunswick in Saint John (UNBSJ) P.O. Box 5050 Saint John, N.B. Canada E2K 3M2 (506) 648-5537 (Answering machine at my office) (506) 648-5528 (UNBSJ fax machine) firstname.lastname@example.org