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Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

More on that UCSD letter

James T. Shea is a former fundraiser for UCSD and has written a critique of the much-discussed letter drafted by Andrew Scull of UCSD. Shea's editorial, published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, is here.

And here is more from Andrew Scull, published in the same paper.

Many thanks to Jorge Mariscal for forwarding this!

3 comments:

Gerry Barnett said...

For a differing view on how many research universities a state might need see this view from Texas:

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/content/editorial/stories/05/02/0502bataille_edit.html

Rather than arguing that certain campuses are "weak" and therefore ruining the gravy of the "elite", another route would be to challenge weak departments to get at it, perhaps even offer to help.

What a concept in a time of need, helping...

Jack Chen said...

Gerry, there was a recent story in the Economist comparing TX and CA. Here's the link: http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13990207

Gerry Barnett said...

I saw that article. The comments on line make for an interesting read, as they show the bounds of thinking by a general readership. Fuss about socialism in California, gerrymandering of districts, whether Prop 13 or excessive spending is a root cause, whether racism is a better topic for discussion, and distraction with the comparison-- thinking it's about praising one state over the other rather than highlighting differences for consideration. One reader pointed to this chapter providing a careful economic comparison:

http://www.alec.org/am/pdf/tax/09RSPS/09RSPS_chap2.pdf

This comparison of university financials by the Univ of Virginia in working out its 2010 budget is also thoughtful.

http://bit.ly/A4PI3

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