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The Last Word



“America’s 6,000 colleges and universities live in a jungle of red tape.”

—SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, quoted by U.S. News & World Report.


“The diversity of American higher education—the fact that there are so many different schools of all sorts of hues—is really imperiled right now.”

—JAMES F. JONES JR., president of Sweet Briar College (VA), reflecting on the college’s decision to close, in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


“The University of California is funded by the state, in constant dollars, at the same level as it was in 1997.”

—NATHAN BROSTROM, University of California chief financial officer, in a letter to the editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune.


“We’re looking for a student body that’s reflective of the United States.”

—MIRIAM FELDBLUM, dean of students at Pomona College (CA), discussing aid for undocumented students in The New York Times.

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