My Topic: My topic was on the constant rise of college tuition, the politics behind it, and how to resolve it. I focused on four year colleges and their expensive tuition costs that hurt students who wish to obtain their degrees.
My Essays: My first essay was a definitional argument where I explained the current tuition crisis in the United States and how it came to be. I explained where most of the money goes into, which is libraries, academics, and facilities. I also included that tuition is not the only thing that students pay for, they also pay for housing, meal plans, parking, etc. In my second essay I proposed solutions for lowering college tuition in the U.S. I said that one of the best ways to reduce students debt is to cut interest rates on student loans. Tuition is already high, for moderate schools tuition is most likely $20,000 or more. For most students they are paying more than that because the interest rates on their loans are 8%. My third essay was a narrative paper about how myself and my peers handle the price of our education. I talked about how scholarships don’t come around enough to really help with one’s tuition. Also, aid and grants do not put a dent in the costs either.
My Research: For my research, I mostly used pro quest. The database gave me access to hundreds of academic journals on the subject in which I learned more about the subject than I ever thought I would. I got in depth about the politics in the matter and about what the government wanted to do about the situation. I also used newspaper websites like the Huffington Post for my research on tuition where I also viewed others personal opinions on the subject. I researched my topic about once a week, it was enough where I had all the information I needed on my subject.
Final Details/Observation: I learned that college is a business like anything else, and is affected by the economy. The demand for college has been going up for several decades which leads to the increase in tuition. I also learned that politicians are trying to create crafty plans to lower tuition, even if it means penalizing the college for charging too much.
What I liked about writing the first essay was that I felt more than prepared to write about my topic based on all the time we spent researching and prewriting. What I liked about writing my first essay was that I was able to choose the topic and argue for my side. A challenge that I ran into while writing was finding a view against my opinion. College tuition is generally an agreed upon subject, most people think it is too high. I found it challenging to find opposing viewpoints and incorporate them into my writing. I also found it difficult to find sources that were focused on ways to reduce college tuition and how the general public should go about doing it. For my next paper I will focus more on outside views that propose solutions for lowering tuition to strengthen my writing.
One of my sources that I plan on using in my research is an article called Tuition: College Tuition; The Shattering Explosion, found on proquest. The article explains how American colleges are commended for their accountability and quality of education, but they must be made more affordable. The article notes many politicians have taken notice of the issue and pledge to put a halt to the constantly increasing costs. The obstacle these politicians are facing is how to keep the costs in line and prevent a constant rise in tuition. I believe this is a great article to include in my paper because it clearly explains what is trying to be done to resolve the issue. But the question left is, how can politicians control the tuition and can they gain enough support to pass legislature?
The second source that I found will have a specific role in my research assignment. The article I found on proquest called College Tuition: [Sports Final, C Edition] will serve as an explanation to why tuition seems to be increasing over the years. This article will give me enough information to support my argument against rising tuition costs. The article describes the decrease in education funding and where the missing funds are being compensated from.
The topic I chose to write about is high tuition and the constant increase in tuition over the past decades. The issue here is that tuition has reached a price where students can’t afford to attend the school they want to go to, or they accumulate debt that stays with them for most of their lives. I’m interested in this topic because it is something that affects myself and the people around me, it is something that I can relate to easily. It is a current issue that affects millions in the United States that conflicts with the education system and the amount of teens going to college.