Really need to take that econ course? It’s going to cost you. Santa Monica College is rolling out a two-tiered pay system so students who are desperate to get in to a class can gain admittance, if they can pony up the extra cash.The proposal makes even more sense if some of the extra cash goes directly to the professor. The college's governing board rejected the plan, on the usual equity-trumps-efficiency grounds.
We have probably not seen the last of such proposals in an environment of differential tuitions for business or engineering, let alone of laboratory fees for computer- or experimental apparatus - intensive classes.