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State Universities Losing Some State Subsidies

December 27, 2011

Daniel de Vise is reporting on WaPo this week that the UC-Berkeley and other state schools may be “in peril.”

Across the nation, a historic collapse in state funding for higher education threatens to diminish the stature of premier public universities and erode their mission as engines of upward social mobility.

At the University of Virginia, state support has dwindled in two decades from 26 percent of the operating budget to 7 percent. At the University of Michigan, it has declined from 48 percent to 17 percent.

Not even the nation’s finest public university is immune…Continue reading UC-Berkeley and other ‘public Ivies’ in fiscal peril >>

Year of School Choice and other Top Education Stories of 2011

December 27, 2011

The Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell has posted the Top 10 Education Stories of 2011, which include the Obama Administration’s restricting access to student loans for some students and forgiving student loans for others, and much more. Check it out, on The Foundry.

The Pope Center Asks: Can Philanthropy Rescue Higher Education?

December 21, 2011

Lenore T. Ealy of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy posted and essay this morning asking if the type of philanthropy that was activated by F. A. Hayek’s essay, “The Intellectuals and Socialism” in 1949 rescue modern-day higher ed:

By the end of World War II, freedom and its institutions were under siege in the United States. Woodrow Wilson had rationalized the administrative state; Roosevelt’s New Deal had redirected Americans’ loyalties from their localities and states toward the federal government; and the socialist dreams that had given rise to both Nazi and Communist totalitarianism had infected many of America’s intellectual elite.

These events awakened a number of philanthropists to the pressing need to understand, restate, and amplify the philosophic foundations of a free society and to re-ground our social institutions, including educational and charitable entities, on classical liberal principles. Ultimately, they focused on restoring respect for limited government rather than trying to change the institutions that had become permeated with Progressivism. They chose to support small nodes of classical liberal scholarship, wherever they appeared, inside or outside higher education…Continue reading Can Philanthropy Rescue Higher Education? >>

Our Bob Schaffer: Chairman, Colorado State Board of Education, and former U.S. Congressman

December 13, 2011

Colorado’s Bob Schaffer is a very active citizen. He is the elected Chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education, founding Principal of Liberty Common High School in Ft. Collins, Colorado, former U.S. Member of the House of Representatives where he served on the House Education and Workforce Committee and an active commentator on education for the National Journal. Oh, and Bob Schaffer has served as a Trustee of Yorktown University since 2004. Here is his latest commentary on education for the National Journal.

There are hundreds of things governments can do to reduce costs on college campuses, but when it comes to driving tuition costs down to their natural levels, nothing works better than the marketplace.

Sure, states could consider shielding students from the ridiculous “fees” that get tacked onto base tuition, for example. These fees can add up to $2,000 a year in costs for things few students need – like funding student clubs, campus-based political societies and redundant insurance policies.

Personnel costs on many campuses are excessive…Continue reading Fear Not The Electron >>

RIP Marion Montgomery

December 11, 2011

The Intercollegiate Institute and Online Athens have recently published memorials to University of Georgia’s Dr. Marion Montgomery, who died the day before Thanksgiving this year.

Erin France reports, after speaking to Dr. Montgomery’s daughter:

…Montgomery, 86, penned novels, short stories, poetry and essays and knew many authors including Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy and Eudora Welty.

Besides his writing, Montgomery also was known for his love of teaching.

He taught at UGA for 33 years, but even after his retirement in 1987, Montgomery continued to lecture at events held across the world.

Many of his students continued to keep in touch long after they left his classroom….(more)

Jed Donahue adds:

…Marion Montgomery, scholar, critic, and award-winning poet and novelist, died last week at the age of eighty-six. A prolific author, he published more than twenty books during his long career, including a monumental three-volume cultural critique, ‘The Prophetic Poet and the Popular Spirit.’ He also wrote such memorably titled works as ‘With Walker Percy at the Tupperware Party,’ ‘Hillbilly Thomist,’ and ‘Why Poe Drank Liquor.’…(more)

Choosing your Battles

December 9, 2011
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Inside Higher Ed writes that public university administrators are wondering why students are protesting them instead of the people who make the laws?

Their voices have gone hoarse. They’ve broken windows and clashed with police officers. They’ve faced pepper spray and attracted national news attention. The story is the same across the country – students, upset about tuition hikes, are protesting.

And while the images may last, the message has not had much impact on the what colleges are charging. At California State University at Long Beach, where hundreds of students joined by union members engaged in a raucous protest that disrupted a meeting of the California State University Board of Trustees, the trustees still approved a 9 percent tuition increase for the system.

In New York, where City University of New York students were joined by protesters from Occupy Wall Street and other universities on a national day of higher education protest, the university’s board still voted to increase tuition $300 a year through 2015.

In a blame game between lawmakers and university leaders about who is responsible for the rising cost of higher education, students have pointed fingers at administrators. But when state lawmakers cut higher education budgets, as many have for the past three years, public university presidents say they have few tools to bring the spending side of the balance sheet in line with revenues in time to pay the bills…Continue reading Occupy Someone else >>

Congratulations, Newt!

November 26, 2011

On November 17, I wrote in “The Case for Newt Gingrich” that Newt could do better than Mitt Romney. Romney announced a foreign policy team that lacked a clear interest oriented foreign policy. On November 22nd, the Gingrich campaign announced its own national security team that confirmed my judgment. Newt is better than Romney on foreign policy.

Norman Bailey, Bill Schneider, Ken DeGraffenreid and Herman Perchner, among others on the team, are superb strategic thinkers. At least three have the stuff it takes to be National Security Advisor to the President or U.S. Secretary of State. Newt is to be congratulated for attracting to these advisors to his team. Now we await the publication of national security and foreign policy papers worthy of Presidential candidate.

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