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Third part

October 29, 2008

of the Chronicle series on the situation of public universities in the U.S.A.:

Armenti blames the demographics of voters (i.e. a lower proportion of households have college-aged people living in them than forty years ago). Since he is not optimistic that the trend towards privatization can be reversed, he would rather see it happening more coherently:

Having watched the decline in public financial support over the 16 years since I arrived as president [of California University of Pennsylvania], in 1992, I can state without fear of contradiction that we are being privatized without a plan.…

Hey, there’s worse things than not having a plan. There’s, um, having one.

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