The Evolution of Higher Education

The New York Times recently examined several public universities charging higher tuition for certain majors, such as business, science/engineering, and journalism.

According to the article by Jonathan D. Glater, "Such moves are being driven by the high salaries commanded by professors in certain fields, the expense of specialized equipment and the difficulties of getting state legislatures to approve general tuition increases, university officials say. 'It is something of a trend,' said Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers."

Differential pricing draws mixed reviews from experts, bloggers and others, and some say it's not a new phenomenon. The bigger question, mentioned by a source in the Times story, is whether such trends are pushing public higher education toward becoming a private good.

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