Quoi faire

Well, for one thing, if we are to have a state-wide organizing campaign I think it should be about tuition and its relationship to state disinvestment in higher education. Here is why.

State disinvestment is the inciting incident for this phenomenon. We can and should be critical of some of the institutional responses to that disinvestment, but this is the central problem. That disinvestment has led schools astray from their putative mission.

In the words of executive vice chancellor and provost of Cal-Berkeley, Carol Christ, “Colleges and universities are fundamentally in the business of enrolling students for tuition dollars.”If this is how institutions are required to operate, the current problems of access and affordability will only continue to get worse.

And, if I get the Kindle Paper White, here is what I will put on it:

– the Mayhew books on Lorca: but no, there is only one on the Kindle
– Artaud, Les Tarahumaras: but no, they do not have this on the Kindle


One thought on “Quoi faire

  1. Response: Tuition is an excellent topic, but it must be handled with caution. Here are my thoughts about the potentially delicate aspects of same:

    Tuition in Louisiana has accelerated rapidly, but that is partly because it was absurdly low for decades. This points to the reluctance of the people to invest in education (either through taxes or through their offspring’s tuition), which is not something that we should encourage by playing up to the public outrage over tuition hikes (i.e., that works against our interest). Per Newfield, the real question is why so little is invested in the public good of education.
    Unless the topic is handled extremely carefully, making a stir about tuition distracts attention from another key issue, which is how it came to be that public universities are financed primarily through tuition. As I have argued in assorted columns, reliance on tuition puts universities in the position of catering to “client” students and also changes the focus of universities from the tripartite teaching-service-research mission to the mission of entertaining under-prepared youngsters.
    The issue will have traction primarily with those faculty members who have college-age or college-bound children. It is unlikely that a sixty-something singleton professor will get too stirred up about tuition after he or she has spent a life being underpaid by the ungrateful parents of students.

    Now, those issues are not insurmountable. As I said, the topic is a good one that has a lot of handles. But it needs to be developed, as a political theme, with great care.

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