Texas fight highlights higher ed culture clash
In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 photo, ivy grows near the lettering of an entrance to the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas. If colleges were automobiles, the University of Texas at Austin would be a Cadillac: a famous brand, a powerful engine of research and teaching, a pleasingly sleek appearance. Even the price is comparable to the luxury car's basic model: In-state tuition runs about $40,000 for a four-year degree. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 5:16 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - If colleges were automobiles, the University of Texas at Austin would be a Cadillac: a famous brand, a powerful engine of research and teaching, handsome in appearance. Even the price is comparable: Like one of the luxury car's models, in-state tuition for a four-year degree runs about $40,000.
But in an era of budget-cutting and soaring tuition, is there still a place for "Cadillacs" - elite, public research institutions like Texas, Michigan, California-Berkeley and Virginia that try to compete with the world's best? Or should the focus be on more affordable and efficient options, like the old Chevrolet Bel Air?
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Sunday, February 3, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 5:16 pm.