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Re: [xmca] Privatization of public universities

All those consequences, and worse, i fear, Richard. My area of the state is
now about 45% Latino. 6% of the students and a lesser % of the professors
are Latino.

Want a recipe for disaster? You got it.

And as a precondition for struggling against this kind of thinking our
faculty get a cut in pay and increase in committee work, to accompany
increasing student:faculty ratios.

Makes for very long weeks of work just to get clear access to the light at
the end of the tunnel made by an onrushing freight train.

On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 7:28 AM, Richard Beach <rbeach@umn.edu> wrote:

> Here's a useful analysis of the privatization of public universities in
> today's New York Times Education magazine:
> http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/education/edlife/01public-t.html?_r=1&scp=
> 5&sq=Privatization&st=cse<http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/education/edlife/01public-t.html?_r=1&scp=%0A5&sq=Privatization&st=cse>
> To cope with declining support from state governments, public, land-grant
> universities are increasing tuitions and cutting staff/courses.  And, the
> more prestigious schools such as Michigan or UCLA who attract out-of-state
> students are relying those students out-of-state tuitions, often twice that
> of in-state tuitions, to cover costs.
> The contradiction here is that while these universities are presumably
> committed to serving their own state students, particularly middle to
> lower-middle class students, increased tuitions are driving these students
> away.  And, reliance on out-of-state applicants often means that they may
> admit those students rather than in-state students who require financial
> support.  All of this is not good news for low income students, only a
> fourth of whom even end up going to college.
> Richard Beach
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