I may be shooting in the dark here, but I wonder how much of the increase in college costs I just discussed can be attributed to the uniquely (?) American system of mingling research and education. As far as I know (and I may be wrong on this point), American universities play a bigger research role than do universities in other countries. It may not be stated explicitly, but most (if not all) U.S. universities see themselves as research as much as educational institutions. So to what extent is an an increasingly expensive research apparatus to blame for an an increasingly expensive college education? Given the prestige associated with research, I suspect that there’s even more pressure on faculty to publish and seek grants. That has to affect tuition…right?