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Should URI go private?

March 16, 2012

Penn State has reportedly looked into privatization as the university contends with ongoing cuts in state funding, not to mention criticsm over its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The school cites Cornell as an example of a private university that began as a publicly-funded land grant institution and continues to receive some state funding.

The University of Rhode Island also started out as a land grant school, and some observers say it increasingly looks like a private university. A smaller and smaller percentage of URI’s overall funding comes from state sources, but the school is still overseen by the state’s Board of Governors for Higher Education.

Penn State officials insist that they are not planning to go completely private, but the debate does raise some interesting questions about whether governance change might be an option to consider for URI.

One Comment leave one →
  1. fjd permalink
    March 20, 2012 9:25 am

    It isn’t expensive enough already?

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