by Grand Forks Herald
January 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm in Grand Forks Herald
The University of Minnesota is currently the cheapest school in the Big Ten for nonresident tuition, but possibly not for much longer. Continue Reading
Tags: big ten, tuition, University of Minnesota, updates 8 Comments »
What does a sports conference affiliation have to do with tuition?
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Here’s what annoyed me today….I was watching The Young & The Restless (I know it’s lame) and across the screen comes a scroll with a breaking news event ….Coach Bohl renewed his contract with NDSU for eight years….really? That couldn’t wait for the news at noon? This sports thing is out of control.
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Sports make these universities HUGE amounts of money. The perfect example is all the football “bowl” games. These used to be for the BEST teams. Now there a bowl for about everyone and for teams that have records that suck to say the least. And the reason? $$$$$’s Nothing more, nothing less. Pit a couple teams that have a good following against each other, give it a fancy bowl name, and the fans will throw their money at you. On the plus side, I’d much rather see the univerisities getting all these dollars than some two bit actors on the Young and the Restless!
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This is a myth that just won’t die. Sports are heavily subsidized by student tuition and the universities’ general budget. Even the NCAA admits only a handful of schools barely break even. The revenues from sports are far exceeded by the costs. As for bowl games, most schools take a financial bath. A few years ago, the U of MN lost over 300K going to the Alamo Bowl. This is the same school that paid New Mexico State 1.6 million and NDSU 350K to come and play football games.
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Rick I understand that NDSU football has a large fan base. I just don’t think Bohl signing a contract extension is a breaking news event. The announcement could have been made at the top of the hour on the news at noon.
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My question would be, given the terms od Bohl’s contract, how Bresciani could go running to the legislature once again crying poverty and threatening to eliminate academic programs?
Big ten schools are highly regarded in the academic world also. Every school is well known for it’s research and graduate programs. To just dismiss the academic side of the big ten conference affiliation is rediculous.
According to wikepedia
” The Big Ten Conference is known for its academics as well as its athletics. Prior to the addition of Nebraska on July 1, 2011, it was the only Division I conference to have all its members in the Association of American Universities (AAU). 
However, Nebraska does lead the NCAA with a record of 291 Academic All-Americans (followed by Notre Dame with 221) .  Currently no Division I conference has all its members in the AAU, but a Division III conference, University Athletic Association, is composed of entirely AAU members. The Association of American Universities (AAU) is an organization of leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education. It consists of 60 universities in the United States (both public and private) and two universities in Canada.
The Big Ten also runs the Committee on Institutional Cooperation along with the University of Chicago, which allows students at participating institutions to take distance courses at other participating institutions. ”
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The big ten mention is also important because it does compare the schools out of state tuition rate to other schools of the same size within the same region. In a time where the state of minnesota has cut higher education funding (over the past 10 years) it is important to keep the cost affordable for this world class education system. Raising the cost (to a competetive rate with neighboring institutions) is one for out of state students is one way to offset the cost for minnesota residents.
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