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The Gouging Continues

The Trustees should be aware that there is still plenty of anger on campus over what they might perceive at the Kim administration’s budget cutting, but which everyone else understands was just the gouging of students. In fact, in each of Jim Kim’s three budgets, spending increased, students were hit by myriad new costs and less financial aid, and grad school students were soaked, too.

The below post on Bored@Baker highlights yet another area where the College did no more than put the screws to students: Kim’s rule stated that if you take your tuition dollars to another institution, you will have a steep penalty to pay in Hanover.

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As the poster asks, is there any educational justification for such a charge? If we accept that students did valid work at another school — they often go to other institutions to take courses, work with specific professors, or participate in programs not offered at the College — and the College gives them academic credit for that work, then why should we burden them with this fee? For decades a small administrative charge of $25 was levied; why increase it 88-fold?

Of course, students so charged will not be reticent in voicing their displeasure out in the real world — perhaps even to people thinking of applying to the College.

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