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The miseducation of a university president

ASU President Michael Crow chastises universities for not being more innovative during the current financial crisis. But ASU hasn't exactly been a model of efficiency. Across the country, colleges are hiring massive numbers of administrators and ASU is no exception — in fact, the Sun Devils are an example of this "administrative bloat."
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Nov 16, 2011, 11:55 am
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There’s a lot there that I can take issue with (like how he defines an administrator), but I’ll just take on his closer:

Arizona colleges and universities should align tuition more closely with the actual costs of providing an education, pursue more private funding, and make themselves more financially self-sufficient.

From this statement, it seems that Mr. Butcher hasn’t read the Arizona constitution:

The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.

The emphasis is mine, of course. It’s something that our state leaders keep forgetting, an affordable education is a right here in Arizona and the state is obligated to spend money to assure this. That’s not me saying it, it’s in the constitution.

A minor point of the article, to be sure. I’ll take on his assertion that our universities should be run like for profit businesses (a model that has caused a scandal with regard for student aid) somewhere else.

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