This is an interesting thought; one that is difficult to balance. I think that empowering kids to have the traditional, fun college experience, often rests on the shoulders of the university, surrounding community, or external organizations. If the university attempts to provide those types of accommodations, it may be at the cost of increasing tuition. The president may approach local businesses proposing a significant student discount for their service. The business owner can demand a stipend or some extra payment structure in exchange. The result is an increase in university expenditures, which will be funded by student tuition. Multiply this scenario, and you have a pretty significant cost to cover.
Kevin, this is a valid point. It's hard to see the justification of student tuition supporting tenureship specifically of professors like the ones you described above. After some research, I found that your experience is largely due to the flawed process of earning tenure. Some institutions favor professors whose political, social, and curriculum views are aligned with those of the "higher-ups." Meanwhile, they may forget or ignore the professors showing real passion for their teaching.
This is definitely interesting. In reality, higher education is already very accessible and affordable; however, because it's so accessible and affordable, many discount its value. This may complicate addressing the challenge. What can we do to change perception of value as it relates to affordability?