The White House has for the last four years determined what’s acceptable as profits in the business community. It’s policies stagnates growth, alienates owners and has forced many employees onto the roles of the unemployed. In Texas, under the leadership of Governor Rick Perry, businesses has flocked to the state in search of a better business climate, better profits and of course, there’s the ‘enterprise fund.’
Texas is viewed as the place to be for businesses and profits, but all is not well around the state when you consider Perry’s proposal to established locked in tuition rates, which sounds good on paper, but lacks details. Perry’s plan have many asking the question, who’s side is he on?
Instate tuition for illegal immigrants in the state already starves profits for the state’s higher learning institutions, but a plan that locks in certain tuition rates, without any regard to the cost of inflation, forces universities into basically, the same scenario as the White House has inflicted upon the business community, under the pretext of reform.
University of Texas’s Dallas campus offers an Associate Degree program for ‘$5,796 a semester for 15 hours, according to the university's website.' Perry has offered up a ‘$10,000 bachelor degrees, expanded online teaching and a higher four-year graduation rate.'
Universities may be institutions of higher learning, but they are also in business to make a profit and if you do the math on the above schemes, if Perry gets his way, profits are greatly reduced and as such, without additional funding from the state, universities would be hard pressed to continue anything that resembles excellence.
A San Antonio Express news opinion piece says it best, ‘But there are no one-size fits all solutions to the problems, and efforts must made to ensure the remedies don't do more harm than good.'
If the intent is to force students to complete their degree programs in a timely fashion, in order to make room for future students, it’s not taken into account, the economy, the White House’s immigration policy proposals, or the student’s financial situation.
Perry is quite fond of blasting the White House over this, or that policy, but when the dust settles from his arguments, Texas sees no difference in Austin, or Washington.