The Public University: Dying a Slow Death?

Year after year, the defunding of public higher education has crept forward without sounding many alarms. It’s not clear that any policy maker or government unit made a specific decision to withdraw support for state universities. Yet, if the current trend continues, most states will have fully divested themselves from supporting public higher education by the 2050s.How have we allowed this to happen? Through varying degrees of neglect—some more easily pinpointed than others.

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