We all know that the cost of higher education continues to increase at an exponential rate. The problem is real and, not to sound apocalyptic, getting worse. Recently, as has already been reported, the state legislature failed to approve its proposed budget and ended up with a "doomsday" budget that shortchanges the University of Maryland College Park and many other institutions and government programs. Specifically, the doomsday measure includes a potential 10 percent (or greater) tuition increase.
If we are to maintain any semblance of the belief that this is a land of opportunity, how can we possibly ask the youngest in this society to bear the financial burden of our higher education system? We are, as a generation, going to spend decades attempting to repay tuition bills while becoming productive, cooperative, inquisitive supporters of our community. How can we compete with nearly every other Western nation — no, every other educated nation — when we can't even afford to educate ourselves?