OK, but let’s see the brilliant plan
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016
* Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno on the non-existent higher education budget…
Look, only a fool would defend skyrocketing administrative spending at universities and colleges. The Senate Democrats’ investigative report was a real eye-opener, but not all that surprising.
* So, we can probably infer from Leader Radogno’s comments and the governor’s own recent attacks on higher ed spending that the object here is to starve the beasts into submission.
In the past, universities have been too politically strong to ever force them to do anything. Their alumni organizations (particularly at the U of I) are fiercely protective.
But if the schools are starving, they will be more amenable to accepting significant reforms to stave off massive cuts or even closure.
At least, that appears to be the theory.
* Meanwhile, poor kids are losing their MAP grants (and with it their paths into the middle class) and adult education programs are closing (which shuts off career advancement for older, mostly poorer folks).
I would be far more comfortable with this idea if somebody in power had an actual plan. Just spitballing the closures of entire college programs isn’t really a plan.