Privatization and Public Universities

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Aug 10, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Book review looking at the trend toward the privatization of the public university system in the United States. Interesting because it recognizes the phenomenon of de facto privatization, where public funding is reduced and replaced by tuitions, foundation grants, research revenues, and other enterprise income. A number of the traditional beliefs (such as: high tuitions can be offset by need-based grants) are considered and refuted, which leaves us facing the genuine problem of how to ensure access to qualified but low-income students.
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