CUTTING DOWN ON COLLEGE COSTS

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal: The school aid act of 1979

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan: Everyone will have a more fair and equal chance to go to college knowing that money isn't as big of an issue.

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal? As students in high school, it is around us all the time since college is approaching. 

 

 

Consultations

Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).

CONSULTATION 1: Mark Berstein ( Board of Regents at U of M). We called and left voicemail

CONSULTATION 2: Denise Ilitch ( Board of Regents at U of M). Did not respond

CONSULTATION 3: Bill Beekman ( Board of Trustees at MSU). Did not respond

CONSULTATION 4: Brian Breslin ( Board of Trustees at MSU). Did not respond

 

Prospectus:

Describe the specific issue or problem, being sure to provide sufficient context so that someone less familiar with the issue has a sense of the bigger picture, but know that your focus here is on a more detailed spelling out of the specific problem or issue that you’ve identified. (250 words minimum)


 

Potential Solutions:

Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1: Cutdown on textbook and supplies; make more textbooks and other supplies more available online and in libraires/schools, give free textbooks and supplies to students who prove they can't afford them and are low income. 

SOLUTION 2: More AP or dual enrollment programs available in high school at no cost; Gives students a closer look at different areas of academic interests, most dual enrollment classes can cost up to $400, prepares high school students for college classes later on. 

SOLUTION 3: Online Classes; More online classes available to students at college, more online classes available to student to take in high schools.

 

Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.

Our coordinator suggested that we include online college classes as a solution, he strongly agreed with reducing textbook and supplies. 

Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.

Throughout our research process, we first identified the problems with high college tuition and searched for graphs and statistics relating to the issue. We all had similar ideas on the topic and after discussing it and coming to a few solutions, we contacted our U of M mentor and asked his opinion on the topic. We also emailed five people from various colleges regarding their opinion on increasing college expenses, since they deal with it in their everyday life. 

Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?

 

Gabby: researched problem with high tuition costs, research statistics about the issue, called Mr. Berstein (one of the consultants).

Grace: emailed consultants and mentor, helped look for bill with taylor.

Taylor: looked for bill that relates to topic.

Nate: research problems about cost, identified causes.

Annika: researched potential solutions to problem.

Justina: researched potential solutions to problem. 


 

===FORMAL PROPOSAL===

The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS.... Tuiton at a private university is now roughly 3x as expensive as it was in 1974, ccosting an average of $31,000 per year, public tuition, at $9,000, has risen nearly 4x. 

WHEREAS.... Education can have enormous personal beneifts for those who acquire it, but it also has external benefits to the rest of society.  

WHEREAS.... About 21 million students ( 65.9%) attend at least some classes in a postsecondary instituion.

WHEREAS.... In- State tuition and fees at public national universities grew 296% in the past 10 years. 

WHEREAS.... Students are paying a lot more, while there hasn't been a real increase in the number or salary of full-time professors.

WHEREAS.... It would take a lot longer nowadays to work at minium wage to pay for a semester of college. At a public university, it wouold take about 3,000 hours to pay off 1 semester of college.

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED....

1. High schools shall have more AP or dual enrollment programs in high school at no-cost. 

 

Counter-arguments:

What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

1. Colleges need the money for things like research, instruction, and student services.

2. A lot of colleges today are growing and need the money for new buildings and education suppplies.

Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?  

We propse government funds or school funds should pay for this, we don't think that there will be much extra costs because we would be cutting down things not adding them. 

References:

These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.

  1. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/college-costs/quick-guide-college-costs

  2. https://www.lib.umich.edu/files/SPOTextbookBackground.pdf

  3. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/06/04/33dual.h33.html

  4. http://www.bestvalueschools.com/faq/is-attending-college-online-cheaper-than-attending-a-traditional-college/

  5. https://potomac.edu/learning/online-learning-vs-traditional-learning/

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