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The Washington Post: UC-Berkeley and Other âPublic Iviesâ in Fiscal Peril

Author: Daniel de Vise
December 26, 2011


Diminishing state funding for higher education is threatening important institutions of learning and social mobility, writes Daniel de Vise.

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.

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