Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Have public universities lost their way in the rush for fortune and glory?

This new study seems to say so:

On the one hand, who can really blame them?  As my colleagues in the public sector have been saying for at least the last decade, "We used to be state funded, then we were merely state affiliated, and now we are only state located."  Clearly state universities that were being starved of state appropriations had to find other sources of revenue.  And so they got into fund raising and recruiting students from around the world.  One outcome,a s this study suggests, is that the state's citizens, whom they were founded to serve may be squeezed out.

I have consistently argued that education ought to be a civil right in this country: students should be enabled to go as far as their ability and ambition in combination will take them. And they ought not to come out with a mortgage on their diplomas.  If our state schools are failing to serve their citizens, then they have failed in their sacred duty and abandoned their raison d'ĂȘtre.

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