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  •  NYC is no longer a viable place for a university. (5+ / 0-)

    Ironically, it's a viable place for a commuter school, since those students by definition have housing already.  But for a residential school it's just a huge premium for something that for most students represented a distraction from rather than an asset to their education.  I don't see this as some big tragedy--you don't have farms or factories in expensive cities, so just add residential universities to the list--except insofar as the universities won't do the rational thing and pack up, because they can subsidize this craziness from so many sources, willing and unwilling.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 08:00:54 AM PDT

    •  They spent $40 million to open NYU Abu Dhabi. (12+ / 0-)

      That's right. The full residential housing cost of the entire freshman class. They spent it opening an Abu Dhabi branch.

      •  They could well make that money back. (3+ / 0-)
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        And look, if they massively subsidized campus housing, what's the economic sense in that?  The money would still be coming from somewhere, like instruction.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 08:08:11 AM PDT

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      •  NYU has been expensive forever. (1+ / 0-)
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        Back in the sixties, it was, for some of my classmates' nouveau riche parents, the college of choice because it cost more than everyplace else. How weird is that?

        But they had an uptown campus and a downtown campus at the time.

        Hah.

        •  Sadly, that's a widespread misconception (1+ / 0-)
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          The idea that high price tag=better is so ingrained in our society, that people turn their noses at public universities even though the lower price tag is due to a state subsidy, not a lower operating cost.  

          When I went to grad school, I met a lot of richer kids than me, whose parents sent them to private schools all the way.  They weren't snobs at all, but they had this infuriating assumption that sending your kid to a public university would be depriving them of a better education.  Because Berkeley or the University of Illinois are just crappy schools, right?

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          by Caj on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 08:30:11 PM PDT

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          •  Ask a Stanford grad (0+ / 0-)

            about Berkeley. (I don't know the equivalent for UI . . .) S/he'll tell you about it.
            ; )

            "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

            by bryduck on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 08:07:45 AM PDT

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      •  Interesting (0+ / 0-)

        We just hired a NYU Abu Dhabi faculty member. I'll have to ask him about that. I had assumed the emirate picked up a lot of the cost.

        Conservatives believe evil comes from violating rules. Liberals believe evil comes from violating each other.

        by tcorse on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:11:03 PM PDT

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