Hi 81 / Lo 73
|Volume 70, Issue 128,
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Tony Hernandez Jim Parsons
Even at higher price, UH worth every penny
Understandably, the news of tuition and fee increases doesn't get most students in a good mood, even if the hikes are fairly reasonable and could be beneficial toward everyone's niversity experience. No one ever says, "Oh, I'd be happy to pay more. Please tell me where to sign."
We like to say the higher price is getting us a better product -- a more valuable degree, a more enjoyable experience -- but these silver linings don't diminish the cost.
Borrowing from Houston's unofficial promotional campaign ("Houston. It's worth it.") and attempting to dissuade those from considering dropping out and make those who are digging in to afford it feel better, we decided to reflect on what makes UH "worth it." Here are some of our thoughts.
Because we aren't The University of Texas: Not only are we more affordable than that university in Austin, which costs more than $10,000 a year (living on campus and enrolling full-time), we're far less pretentious. Let's not even talk about how we're not Rice. We don't have an attitude that just because we went to an overpriced university, we're supposed to get a job handed to us with our silver-plated degree, which brings us to our next point.
Because a UH degree is valuable: University President Jay Gogue never misses an opportunity to tell students that business leaders across the city rave about UH graduates. See, when you go to a university that stresses real-world experience and provides a diverse, metropolitan environment, you get graduates who are better prepared for the fabled "real world."
Because Houston rocks: Yeah, Houston is worth it, too. It has more places to eat, more things to do and more people to meet than, well, Dallas, for starters. Some people tend to denigrate the Bayou City for its faults or the lack of some "scene." Truth be told, there's beauty in its concrete and sprawl, and there are plenty of scenes to catch -- if you're willing to look.
Costs will continue to go up, but UH is UH, and we'll always be different from other universities. The important thing to remember is, in the end, it's worth it. If you don't think so, why are you here?
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