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Should public universities privatize given state budget constraints?

The collapse of state funding for higher education institutions has been a topic of discussion for at least the past decade. The State Higher Education Executive Officers organization reports that in 2008, government appropriations for full-time equivalent students fell to a 25-year low when adjusted for inflation, and has not since rebounded, reports.

The decline was partially offset by tuition increases in following years, leading some higher ed leaders to argue college has already become increasingly privatized, with students and their families baring more college costs as states take on less.

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