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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Re: “Va. Tech adopts fees for 2013-14” (April 29 news story):
The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors faced some hard decisions in dealing with the increasing cost of an education at Tech. I am not debating any of the issues, but do wish to express an opinion on differential pricing for high-demand degrees.
Considering the outcry from many sources of the need to educate more students in math, science, engineering and high-technology fields, I question the prudence of Rector George Noland’s suggestion to increase the costs of that type of degree in coming years.
It is true that some degrees require much more money because of the necessary equipment, faculty salaries, etc., but making enrollment even more difficult and expensive for students may defeat the goal.
I appreciate Noland’s own success and his contributions to Tech. However, we know that many potentially successful students do not have parents to turn to or the means to take out loans.
Perhaps Tech should be finding ways to make it possible for a student to have the opportunity to graduate and then give back to the college from his better financial position as an engineer, etc.
We should make it easier for the student to enroll in the first place.
Suggestions for achieving this goal:
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