In the latest trend hitting universities, the University of Illinois at Chicago has become the 38th school to increase student fees in order to pay for student's sex change operations.
The trustees of the university voted to approve the change in the students' health insurance plan fee on May 29. The changes will increase the plan cost by about $60 per semester. Of that increase, about $9 annually is designed to cover the costs associated with students seeking such surgery, which can run upwards of $50,000.
Nathan Harden wrote about the University's decision for National Review. He wrote:
Once upon a time college was for things like learning and job training — shaping of the mind.... Gender-reassignment surgery is the latest luxury item to be added to the bloated list of educationally irrelevant services offered by our nation’s costly, debt-funded universities.
...asking students and taxpayers to fork over more money to pay for such extravagantly expensive elective surgery strikes me as truly extraordinary — especially at a time when tuition costs and student debt levels are crippling the finances of countless American families.
When the winds of political correctness blow, college administrators are often the first to bend in obeisance. Politics, not public interest, is the motivating force. Meanwhile, parents and taxpayers are expected to pay for it all, no questions asked.
Among other universities that use student fees to cover sex change surgery and hormone therapy, they include Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, Penn, the University of California, San Diego, Stanford, the University of Minnesota, the University of Pennsylvania, and others.
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