Cal State University trustees recently approved a 15% hike in undergraduate fees. Critics of this decision argue that in order for California to have a world class education system, school should cost less, not more, and that the state should increase education subsidies. But Shirley Svorny, a professor of economics at Cal State Northridge, attacks this notion in an op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times. Svorny contends that “the state’s prosperity rests on public policies that encourage economic activity, not on heavy subsidies to higher education.” She also says that low fees attract some underachieving students. What do you think? Should college cost more or less? Would higher tuition attract more committed students? Or should we keep tuition down and increase education subsidies for the public good?