Higher Education Bubble: College Tuition Doubled Over the Last 10 Years vs. +52% for Medical Care
I would have to check to verify this, but I'm not sure there is any other item in the CPI that has gone up faster since the 1970s than "college tuition and fees." We hear a lot about rising medical costs, but those increases (5.8% per year from 1978 to 2011) are relatively minor compared to the increases in tuition (7.45% per year over the same period). As as you can see from the graph, tuition increases have accelerated over the last decade. Since 2000, college tuition costs have doubled while medical costs have gone up by "only" about 52%.
Read more about the unsustainable "higher education bubble" at The Enterprise Blog.