October 16, 2012, 1:56 pm
Recently a committee of the University of California’s Academic Senate effectively threw cold water on the plans of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management to take its M.B.A. program private.
The plan was for the program to give up state funds and, in return, for the state to give the school more leeway in issues such as setting tuition. The school’s faculty and the UCLA Senate had approved the plans, but it ran into unanimous opposition from a committee of the Academic Senate. It was troubled that donors might have too much influence, that faculty priorities might shift, and that costs would rise without sufficient financial aid for poorer students.
That decision by the committee could prove to be a mistake.
On the surface, both sides have been pleasantly disingenuous. The Anderson School claims that it wouldn’t really privatize its full-time graduate program but was simply …