Public universities in several states seeking more autonomy

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Some public universities are seeking more autonomy from states, looking to cut deals with state lawmakers that scale back direct oversight in return for less funding and meeting certain performance targets, the Huffington Post reported.

But not in Ohio.

A 2011 proposal by former Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro to establish tiers of universities, based on how well they perform and allow those at the top to operate almost like private businesses never gained traction.

The Huffington Post story said James Garland, former president of Miami University, was once a strong proponent of what he calls "semi-privatization" of American public universities, having headed a university that he describes as "public in name only."

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