In related news, the NY Times is reporting that in a few years no one will be able to afford college except for the maddeningly wealthy:
Over all, the report found, published college tuition and fees increased 439 percent from 1982 to 2007 while median family income rose 147 percent. Student borrowing has more than doubled in the last decade, and students from lower-income families, on average, get smaller grants from the colleges they attend than students from more affluent families.
Combine this news with the fact that the only factory jobs left in the country are about to buckle, probably, and the future of the poor-person class looks dismal.
This blog has never claimed to have any solutions to any problems, but one thing that might in some small way reverse the trend of inaccessible higher education is if more schools went to a need-blind admissions policy. It's too bad more schools aren't on that list.