How Students Could Save Money

President Obama proposed a reform of law school as a quick way to cut students' costs and spending by colleges. Inside Higher Ed asked its Twitter followers for other ideas.

August 26, 2013

President Obama on Friday surprised legal educators by saying that cutting law school from three years to two would yield a less expensive education for students. Inside Higher Ed asked those on Twitter to suggest (in Twitter-length replies) other ways to cut costs. Here are some of the responses:

  • Pay business faculty on the same scale as social science and humanities faculty. (might be more zero-sum than savings) -- @jondresner
  • Fewer admins, fewer Vice Presidents of [whatever buzzword is hot], fewer contingent faculty -- @ProfessorF74
  • Reduce a college's federal aid by what it spends on non-instructional salaries and benefits (or a portion thereof) -- @JohnM_Armstrong
  • Use foreign exchange from intl students to create scholarships and grants for Americans for study abroad/intl research, etc. -- @mitchlev
  • Model administration along lines of 1980s - flatten middle management, stop treating students as customers & abolish tenure -- @daniel_bilar
  • Offer more college credit classes in high school. Partner more with the community for services -- @coachwhiteswife
  • More stipends or incentives (cheaper housing) 4 student leaders. It'll make college more affordable & encourage involvement! -- @brianhasfun
  • Incentivize on-time graduation w/ loan-to-grant programs for completion of a degree within 150% time -- @lennasliney
  • More skilled advising & clear transfer policies - many students could complete degrees faster & more efficiently -- @humgeek
  • Provide clear info on net price and grad probability/post-college outcomes. Unfortunately, this will take unit record data -- @rkelchen
  • Stop requiring texts if they won't be used -- @JemLibrarian
  • Eliminate athletics (from several)
  • Prepaid tuition plans, 4 year guaranteed rate, Oregon's pay it forward plan -- @Spartypants
  • Take a hard look at the rapid expansion of administrative positions (compared to the adjunctification of the faculty) -- @jsench
  • Have universities stop teaching Gen Ed altogether. Transfer a big chunk of the funds they spend on Gen Ed to community colleges so they can expand their excellent work -- Mills Kelly, via e-mail

Your ideas welcome in comments.




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