Friday, September 30, 2011

The claim that replacing lost public funds with rising tuition fees and increased numbers of out-of-state and international students amounts to “privatisation” is misleading. It is not where the money comes from but how it is spent that determines the “public” character of a university.

George Breslauer Executive Vice-Chancellor University Of California, Berkeley wrote in to Letters -The Economist- in part his letter reads:

Sir – Your article on the financial circumstances facing public higher education in California was factually accurate, but missed a key point of interpretation (“Excellence for fewer”, September 10th). The claim that replacing lost public funds with rising tuition fees and increased numbers of out-of-state and international students amounts to “privatisation” is misleading. It is not where the money comes from but how it is spent that determines the “public” character of a university.

the letter is in response to this article :
Excellence for fewer-California, long a leader in public higher education, is now privatising it


is this how public and private universities will determine whether or not -and when- they are public or private? by this reasoning ...

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