Future of Public Universities

January 18, 2013 • Volume 23, Issue 3
Can they compete with new educational models?
By Robert Kiener


Cara Sperry (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Johnny Crawford)
Cara Sperry, a psychology major at Kennesaw State University, joins other Georgia college students at the Capitol in Atlanta on March 3, 2010, to protest nearly $600 million in proposed cuts to the state university system's budget. The students feared the cuts — later adopted by the legislature — would trigger tuition hikes, which they did. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Johnny Crawford)

Massive changes are buffeting America's public colleges and universities, spurring experts to predict a radically different higher-education environment in coming years. A weakened economy has forced drastic cuts in state higher-education funding, leading many schools to raise tuition to record levels and put the brakes on expansion after years of pell-mell growth fueled by government spending. Meanwhile, colleges and universities are under pressure to rethink their traditional modes of operation as they try to compete with an explosion of new educational models, including for-profit institutions, distance learning and so-called MOOCs — massive online open courses that offer free, high-quality instruction to thousands of digitally connected students simultaneously.

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Colleges and Universities
May 20, 2022  Free Speech on Campus
Dec. 04, 2020  Graduates' Prospects
Sep. 11, 2020  Higher Education in the COVID Era
Oct. 26, 2018  Issues in Higher Education
Nov. 20, 2015  Greek Life on Campus
May 08, 2015  Free Speech on Campus
Jan. 02, 2015  College Rankings
Jan. 18, 2013  Future of Public Universities
Feb. 04, 2011  Crime on Campus
Jan. 07, 2011  Career Colleges
Apr. 21, 2000  Community Colleges
Feb. 16, 1996  Academic Politics
Jan. 05, 1990  What Should College Students Be Taught?
Jul. 27, 1984  Colleges in the 1980s
Jan. 23, 1981  Plight of America's Black Colleges
Apr. 11, 1980  College Admissions
Sep. 06, 1974  College Recruiting
Mar. 01, 1974  Academic Tenure
Sep. 14, 1966  Graduate School Crush
Cost of Education and School Funding
Undergraduate and Graduate Education