US: Public Universities Seek More Autonomy as Financing From States Shrinks

    With states providing a dwindling share of money for higher education, many states and public universities are rethinking their ties.


    The public universities say that with less money from state coffers, they cannot afford the complicated web of state regulations governing areas like procurement and building, and that they need more flexibility to compete with private institutions.


    As a result, the fundamental model for supporting higher education is being reconsidered, with many universities winning greater autonomy — sometimes even in setting tuition.


    Read the full story by Tamar Lewin, Published: March 2, 2011, New York Times