The Chronicle of Higher Education recently posted a multi-article special report on public colleges, detailing changes and problems within the U.S. public higher education system. The whole series is well-worth exploring.
- An Era of Neglect: How public colleges were crowded out, beaten up, and failed to fight back
- From Public Good to Private Good: How Higher Education Got to a Tipping Point
- Equalizers No More: Politics Thwart Colleges’ Role in Upward Mobility
- 25 Years of Declining State Support for Public Colleges (interactive feature)
- Who Foots the Bill? Data on changes in state share vs. student share of costs
Public colleges, once viewed as worthy of collective investment for the greater good, are increasingly treated as vehicles delivering a personal benefit to students, who ought to foot the bill themselves.