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Is tuition high to pay for the professors secret knowledge?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (12676points) September 22nd, 2017

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Darth_Algar's avatar

Secret knowledge? The professor doesn’t have any knowledge that isn’t available to anyone willing to put in the time and work.

Zaku's avatar

No. It’s high because you are probably looking at US tuitions, of schools that may be profit-oriented, and there is the cost of maintaining a large campus, the health insurance and wages and other expenses for everyone involved, in some cases to pay for scholarships for others, etc etc etc.

cookieman's avatar

Lots of overhead to run a campus equals high tuition. Not “secret knowledge”.

zenvelo's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 The best teachers/professors do not impart any secret or esoteric knowledge, they teach you how to find it on your own.

LostInParadise's avatar

According to this article, average teacher salary has been declining. Administrative costs have risen dramatically, making one wonder what all those extra administrators are actually doing.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Tuition pays for far more than the professor’s expertise.

No professor knows anything that the student’s can learn for themselves.

josie's avatar

Tuition is artificially high but not because there are secrets to learn.

Tuition is high because student loans are so easy to get. Anytime a product gets a third party subsidy, the price goes up. Medical treatment is an example of that.

I think the traditional “active lecturer, passive student in the confines of a room” model are holdovers from medieval times before there were printing presses, and/or books were expensive and there were not that many books available.

If your school does not have an endowment to pay for sustaining aging brick and mortar class buildings and dormatories it may eventually disappear in the same way that retail centers are starting to disappear.

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