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Opinion - April 26, 2013

GUEST OPINION: A tax on students

Tuition and fees are replacing the state investment in higher education

by Kevin Walthers

Lost in the bipartisan rhetoric over college affordability is simple fact: It's not costs that are rising at public colleges and universities -- it's the price students pay that is increasing. This is an important and serious distinction. "Cost" is the amount it takes to educate a student.

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--Kevin Walthers has been president of Las Positas College since August 2011. He came here from the West Virginia Community and Technical College System and holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy from the University of Utah. He served in policy roles with the Utah State Legislature and as a senior administrator with the Utah State Board of Regents.