Friday, December 01, 2006

Flat-rate Folly

WMU's flat-rate tuition plan has come under well-deserved criticism. The Gazette reports criticism from the head of the faculty union and a student.

Apparently, the flat-rate tuition plan is accused of damaging enrollment. While I don't know for sure that this is true, it wouldn't surprise me.

Flat-rate tuition has always been arbitrary and unfair. The more credit hours you take, the more money you should pay. It never made sense to charge the same amount for 12 and 17 credit hours. This simply hurt some students, while (possibly) benefiting others.

Flat-rate tuition was another Judy Bailey's gifts to Western. I have criticized it in the past. Let's hope it is soon repealed.

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