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A closer look at UC’s “tuition-free golden past” and who’s financially hurting today

Bob Jacobsen, professor of physics | March 31, 2010

Tom Hayden recently wrote an article, entitled “We Can’t Afford to Be Quiet About the Rising Cost of College,” in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Hayden began by saying, “Students today, however — even those who hold two part-time jobs — fall tens of thousands of dollars into debt, a burden that limits their career … Continue reading »

An alternative funding model to support higher ed excellence

Andrew Szeri, professor of mechanical engineering | March 30, 2010

Cuts in state support and the subsequent increases in fees are leading many students to take out loans. This is very regrettable. Maybe there are other ideas that should be considered carefully, like the following. In a classic paper by the Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman (“The Role of Government in Education.” From Economics and … Continue reading »

Is It Fair for Education to Be Cheap

Brad DeLong, professor of economics | March 17, 2010

There is a great tension at the heart of American public higher education. On the one hand, the people who benefit from public and publicly-funded higher education are primarily people who are or will be relatively rich–they will, after all, have a college education, and we know now that people with four-year B.A.s have incomes … Continue reading »

Bail Out Our Schools

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | March 15, 2010

Any day now, the Obama administration will announce $4.35 billion in extra federal funds for under-performing public schools. That’s fine, but relative to the financial squeeze all the nation’s public schools now face it’s a cruel joke. The recession has ravaged state and local budgets, most of which aren’t allowed to run deficits. That’s meant … Continue reading »

Why can’t a university education be sold cheaper?

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | March 11, 2010

That, for me, is the question that all of us who are faculty at Berkeley– and colleagues across the country– are most obviously avoiding, and most deeply dreading. And it is time for us to answer that question because until we do, any argument we make for changes in how the state supports the university, … Continue reading »