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The “Social Mission” of Higher Education


My Pope Center colleague Jane Shaw has read, and written a commentary on, the new book by Burton Weisbrod, Mission and Money.

I haven’t read the book yet, but it seems to me that Professor Weisbrod’s defense of the upward spiral of college and university spending ignores the tremendous amount of rent-seeking that goes on behind the “We have a mission to educate” smokescreen. As budgets has zoomed upward, has there been a commensurate increase in teaching effectiveness? I think a good case can be made that most of the money goes into the kinds of frills, amenities, and perks that characterize non-profits.


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