…#UCB Chancellor Birgenau tells Times Higher Education, UK... and there I was thinking I'd have to pass on posting today, tired early and not guest contributor on the horizon to give me a break.... then this in my feed reader, irresistible blog manna from cyberspace. Ever so many thanks Elizabeth Gibney for this treasure, more confirmation than surprise.
Vox populi: US now sees the academy as a private good. Higher education should not be free even if the funds permit it, according to the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. Tuition fees for in-state students at the public university have almost doubled in three years. But Robert Birgeneau, who steps down at the end of the year, told Times Higher Education that he does not mind tuition going up for the wealthy...."If you do any economic analysis, if education is free it simply represents a transfer of income from poor to rich...I think that's a social injustice," he added.
Read the rest at Times Higher Education - Don't rob poor to educate rich. There is also a comment section should you feel so inclined.