Columbia University students enter a tuition strike

Columbia University students have entered a tuition strike.

Reported by Higher Ed Dive, while the institution froze their undergraduate tuition for this academic year during the pandemic at $61,000 a year, the highest private tuition in the country, students are demanding systemic changes to institutional policy, including a 10% tuition reduction, a 10% increase in financial aid, and broader action regarding the treatment of black students on campus as well as the university’s relationship with the New York Police Department.

The takeaway? This mirrors collective actions by students from other institutions, arguing specifically that the emergency remote teaching they received needs to be deeply discounted. What’s left to be determined is if students can actually win these legal cases, or potentially in the case at Columbia, win without having to result in a legal battle?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.