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  •  You said (1+ / 0-)
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    "this is the same system all over the nation".

    That's not quite true. An increasing number of state universities are semi-independent entities with some kind of "charter" or "public authority", which gives them leave to have purchasing and labor policies that aren't part of their state's overall system. The vast majority of them, however, still have their entire board appointed and confirmed by the state government.

    PA is an exception to that -- and Penn State the least of these exceptions. The PA "commonwealth system" seems to be far less accountable to the public good than most state universities, and tuition is only the tip of the iceberg as far as that goes.

    •  This isn't my experience at all (0+ / 0-)

      Even SUNY which is part of the state system appoints its own board.

      But the point I was making was that PSU and all the satellite schools are only nominally public institutions. In states where the setup is similar, schools receive more than 4% of their budget from the state. Take Michigan St, for example.

      There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

      by upstate NY on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 12:12:26 PM PDT

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