University students shortchanged

The pandemic shutdown was entirely understandable, but students should be guaranteed the top-quality education they paid for.

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May 21, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

A Washington University student is suing the school, saying he didn’t shell out $28,000 for tuition to a world-class institution only to end up in online classes. It’s one of numerous lawsuits around the country claiming that the remote teaching necessitated by the pandemic has denied students the full college experience even though the colleges demanded full tuition.

The universities argue that since the students are still earning credit toward degrees, they’re getting what they paid for — an argument that diminishes the whole concept of higher education into little more than a cash transaction.

Like public elementary and high schools, universities and colleges were forced to close their doors in the spring semester and move classes online because of the pandemic. But unlike public schools, the students who attend universities are paying tuition — generally, these days, a sizable amount. They pay it to get in-person instruction from professors, interaction with other students and access to all of the amenities campus life offers.

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