Higher education seems to be sliding towards a huge breakdown.
Few are talking about it; many are hiding it.
Visiting senior administration officials this past month at one college, they were agitated and vexed with a big $9 million shortfall in the budget.
The college got $133 million from local taxpayers just five years ago to build more big buildings. Now they have to figure out how to pay for it.
A big problem for higher education is that its edifice complex is way out of control.
College presidents have built enormous facilities as their legacies,
and now they cannot pay for them.
The cost of constructing campus buildings is only 15% of their eventual cost: you have maintenance, heat, lights, lawns to mow, etc.
Stuck with the buildings, colleges have to consider laying off faculty and keeping the lawn mowers.
Clothes line in the snow. You don't see that much anymore. Farms are so beautiful. I risked a traffic violation stopping on a four lane to take this picture. It was worth it.