Can the Humanities Survive the 21st Century?

Since the 1970s, public higher education has ceased to be considered a civic responsibility and has become another kind of entity. James Duderstadt, president of the University of Michigan from 1988 to 1996, acerbically characterized the trend during his tenure: “We used to be state-supported, then state-assisted, and now we are state-located.” He’s right. Today the University of Michigan receives about 8 percent of its operating budget from the state.

Wow. I thought public funding of higher ed was bad in Washington State. I had no idea.

By Kathy E. Gill

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