"Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged."
Northwest Ordinance of 1787 Section 14, Article III.
Constitution of Michigan of 1963 Article VIII, Section 1.
When I was a freshman at the University of Michigan in the Autumn of 1955, the full time (12-18 credit hours) resident undergraduate tuition rate at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts was $100 per semester. For the first semester of the 2013-2014 academic year the comparable charge is $6,900 per semester, an increase of 6800%. At the same time, the Consumer Price Index as measured by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has increased from 26.8 to 236.2, an increase of 781%. Over the past 59 years, the University of Michigan tuition has increased by 8.71 times the rate of inflation. An astounding and totally unconscionable price increase. Had the University of Michigan tuition increased at the rate of inflation over the past 59 years, today’s tuition would be $881 per semester–a reasonable fee.
In addition to the exorbitant fee increases, due to required course scheduling problems, many students and parents are now required to pay for a fifth year.
At the same time that tuition costs have been increased at such an astounding rate, the quality of education has declined. Many graduates today have never read either the Declaration of Independence, or The Constitution of the United States, and are also economic illiterates, but they have been heavily indoctrinated in the collectivist ideology and alley cat morals of the state sponsored false pagan religion of "political correctness". Shakespeare and Plato are giving way to "How to be Gay".
It is time to end the unconscionable price increases, to freeze tuition at sharply reduced rates by state law, if necessary, and to restore financial responsibility in the management of the University. It is time to terminate the illegal use of tax dollars and public facilities for ideological indoctrination and to restore the University to its original role as an educational institution.