In London, a Working-Class University Wrestles With Change

In London, a Working-Class University Wrestles With Change 1

Peter Searle for The Chronicle

Patrick McGhee, head of the U. of East London, on tuition increases: We must "deal with the real world as we find it, not as we might wish it to be."

Patrick McGhee, vice chancellor of the University of East London, has a lot in common with many of the 28,000 students at the large urban institution he leads. He was the first in his family to attend university. And he dislikes much about the government's higher-education reform efforts, which he has deemed "misguided, premature, unproven and rushed." He is especially opposed to a measure allowing universities to nearly triple tuition this fall, to as much as £9,000, or