Sunday, June 28, 2015

From Wisconsin to California, the decline of public higher ed continues - Mike Hiltzik, LA Times

The consequence is that public universities increasingly resemble their private brethren as finishing schools for the children of the wealthy. Government disinvestment in public universities is producing "a dystopia of inequality in which community and state colleges are starved, and flagships serve up vacation resorts for the rich who can afford to attend," economist Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute wrote recently.... The starving of public colleges and universities is destined to rank up there with the failure to invest in public infrastructure in the list of glaring blunders of American government in the early 21st century. But they're two sides of the same coin: In the name of saving money in the present, we're guaranteeing ourselves a bleak future.

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