Justifying higher tuition never seems to be a problem for the East Carolina University Board of Trustees.
Each round comes with some reason the school must repeatedly raise the cost of attendance, be it budget cuts inflicted by the state Legislature, the need to attract and retain talented professors or fear of losing a competitive edge over other peer institutions.
While those are all reasonable concerns for the university to have, East Carolina’s mission to serve this region is made more difficult when it prices higher education beyond the reach of talented students who come from less fortunate means. Furthermore, higher tuition saddles a growing share of graduates with an even greater debt, an unenviable burden at the outset of their professional lives.
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