Sunday, May 18, 2014

Intrigued By A Break Up-- the theme goes on...

see: Remaking the University Arguing for University Upgrades In These Suffocating Political Times

..."the way to reach politicians is through the voting behavior of college parents and sympathizers, and the angry social movements of students. This means tuition protests of course, and the protests in the fall of 2009 and of 2011 played a major role in the multi-year tuition freeze we still have in California. It also means long-term and sustained assaults by the entire younger generation, in college or excluded from it, on politicians who vote repeatedly for public cuts that force tuition hikes. It's only through consistent political punishment of privatizers, Democrats and Republicans alike, that the culture of educational defunding will be changed.

This means that the core audience for both critique and rebuilding is the university community--staff as much as senior managers, students as much as faculty, tenured scientists as much as non-tenure-track writing instructors. We have not been talking enough within and to the whole community."


My colleague from Economics cheerfully described the university system as a "cartel," and traced tuition increases not only to funding cuts but to a cartel's power to charge high prices through restraint of trade. His solution was to break up the UC system, convert all state funding to a voucher system, and allow individual campuses to compete in their areas of strength.

My economist colleague's counterargument was equally straightforward: there are so many poor people in California and other states, and it's not fair to ask them to subsidize students who will go on to earn a college wage premium--and make enough to pay back loans.

There's much more to it, read the full post: here.

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