Bryan Alexander recounts the story of what happened when people in Michigan were given the option of setting budget priorities. “No matter the size of the group, no matter where in the state, the results were always the same: Higher education should go on the chopping block.” He asks, "How will this story play out in the future? How much longer will state governments continue to be such non-partners for public colleges and universities?" It's not a question - nor a crisis - unique to the United States. And I don't think it's just the perception that other things are more important. Educational institutions have not helped themselves; people think (accurately) that they serve a rich elite, and wonder why the average person should be paying for that.