Profile

Cover photo
Christopher Reese
202,384 views
AboutPosts

Stream

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
Yet another comic about my life.
3
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
Because the viral article on Harvard v CSU was a lie.


Real Cost: Harvard vs. Cal State

March 15, 2012
Inside Higher Ed
By F. King Alexander

By now you probably have read in the news that, according to the Bay Area News Group in San Francisco, an average Harvard University education for a family earning $130,000 annually is less expensive than a California State University education.

As an individual who spends a great deal of time delving into the world of higher education finance, I feel compelled to clarify this very misleading report. The published report stated that due to Harvard’s vast $30-plus billion endowment and substantial tuition discounting practices, a student from a family earning an average of $130,000 per year would pay only $17,000 to attend Harvard, not the listed tuition cost of $36,300. This was compared to the overall cost of a Cal State education, which was listed in the report at $24,000 per year, and to a University of California education, listed at $33,000 annually.

Now for the facts. Despite the fact that we have had to rapidly increase Cal State tuition fees due to unprecedented state legislative budget reductions in previous years, Cal State and CSU-Long Beach remain among the most affordable universities in the nation.

At Long Beach, for example, students in 2011-12 paid $6,240 annually (Cal State average: $6,519) for Cal State system and campus-based tuition fees, plus an additional $10,658 for full campus-based room and board. This means that a full year at CSULB (with room and board) for a student from a family earning $130,000 annually actually costs $16,898 as opposed to the reported $24,000.

Furthermore, when comparing the cost of two different universities, it is common practice to compare tuition and fees of one campus to the tuition and fees of another campus and not to include the additional cost of room and board for only one of the institutions in the report. In fact, in making the basic assumption that a Harvard student also has to eat and sleep and therefore pay room and board, as does a CSU resident student, Harvard’s full price jumps to over $56,000 — not the $36,300 listed in the report and published in newspapers throughout California.

Additionally, according to recent Delta Cost Study data, when assessing the average tuition and fees, excluding room and board, collected by both Harvard and CSU campuses for students from all family incomes, CSU institutions actually collect around $5,000 for educational purposes while Harvard collects over $20,000 per student — despite having the world’s largest university endowment of $30 billion.

Finally, do not fall victim to misleading and inaccurate reports regarding actual college and university costs. For students and families making difficult college and university cost comparisons, it is important to find out what the average family pays to attend, the “net tuition” charged per family. It is also important to find out the average student debt load upon graduation and the percentage of students graduating in debt.

As a national leader in making this information available, CSULB and the entire CSU have developed websites as part of our College Portrait and “Public Good” pages where this information can be viewed by all prospective students and families. The CSU and CSULB are proud to be among the nation’s best in having the lowest student loan indebtedness upon graduation, and we hope that all Californians will invest in our students to keep it that way.

Good information in the hands of all consumers will prevent them from falling victim to sensational headlines that have more power to mislead than to educate.
1
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
The TSA is the worst affront to our liberties since The PATRIOT Act.
 
Thank. You.

Everything in this article is right. And as a former FBI agent, I think the man has more than a fair right to speak out about it.
1
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
Read it, Write to your Congress member, Sign the Petition.
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.. Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Sena...
1
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
Oh look,more reasons why the MPAA and RIAA are lying when the claim SOPA / PIPA cant impact domestic websites.
1
1
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
MPAA says something stupid to defend their even stupider bill they paid for by buying off members of Congress. Simple as that.
1
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
Not a victory, they need to remove their co-sponsorship. But a step in the right direction to understanding that PIPA is the wrong direction.
In an incredible turn of events, six Republican Senators have asked Majority Leader Harry Reid not to hold a vote on PIPA, the Senate version of SOPA. They write,
1
Chris Fowlkes's profile photo
 
That WOULD be great... why am I so not-convinced it will actually mean anything?
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
Why does xkcd follow me around and make comics of my life?
1
Chris Waak's profile photoCesar Esparza's profile photo
2 comments
 
Your life must be interesting.
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
The most accurate satire today.
 
WASHINGTON—As Rick Santorum has emerged to become Mitt Romney's leading opponent for the Republican presidential nomination, the American electorate said Monday it had slowly begun to realize that...
1
James Hindman's profile photo
 
Is it satire?
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
this is great
 
[Scifi ] [Geek]

"Keep calm, live long, and you can't take the Force from me."

And Number 6 is whispering in my ear, "So say we all..."
1
1
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
This is important. The bill is not "DEAD" and is not by any means "NEUTERED" from what it was before.
1
1
Add a comment...

Christopher Reese

Shared publicly  - 
 
I hope Colbert is on the Ballot and stays on just to stop the non-starters (Santorum, Gingrich, etc.) from getting a high percentage of the votes.
Google Politics & Elections originally shared:
 
Stephen Colbert experiencing the "Colbert Bump" in South Carolina?

The “Colbert Bump” is the curious phenomenon whereby those who appear on +The Colbert Report get a boost in popularity. (goo.gl/hn3as). We wondered if this rule applies to Stephen Colbert himself, who announced Thursday night he's putting together a presidential exploratory committee after a recent poll found him leading GOP candidate Jon Huntsman in South Carolina (goo.gl/QL7ft).

To evaluate Colbert's personal bump, we looked at South Carolina Google Search data to see if there have been any noticeable spikes in searches for his name. We found some interesting results. After his Thursday announcement Colbert saw a 189% jump in searches in the state, while +Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, +Mitt Romney, and +Newt Gingrich all saw declines during the same period.

Will this Colbert Bump be sustained? We’ll check in later this week to see how he's performing against his primary counterparts.
1
Chris Fowlkes's profile photo
 
Considering the percentage of college students that LOVE Colbert, but have been supporting Ron Paul, I expect this is most significant to Mr. Paul's campaign. Though, truth be told, I really think he's just setting the stage for his son in 4 or 8 years. Ron Paul knows he doesn't have a chance. He's just getting out his message (Ralph Nader!!!!).

Colbert can't even get on the ballot in South Carolina. It's too late and there's no space for write-ins. The best he can hope for is polls. Besides, he said he was EXPLORING the POSSIBILITY, of running for the President of the United States of America of South Carolina. ;-) (or something to that effect, but it was full of caveats)

You gotta love the way he shows the absurdity of the SuperPACs, though. Comic genius.
Add a comment...
Story
Tagline
Geek. Political Junkie. Father.
Introduction
Geek, Political Junkie, Father.
Work
Occupation
I'm from the Government and I'm here to help.