public universities weaken economic returns to states with "merit" aid policies that support administrative growth

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Public Universities Ramp Up Aid for the Wealthy, Leaving the Poor Behind - ProPublicaA ProPublica analysis of new data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that from 1996 through 2012, public colleges and universities gave a declining portion of grants — as measured by both the number of grants and the dollar amounts — to students in the lowest quartile of family income. That trend has continued even though the recession hit those in lower income brackets the hardest.
Historically, public colleges were deep public investments that provided states strong economic returns. The article doesn't draw out the full cost that aid to out-of-state students will have on the state itself. Testing, remote control by corporations, is one way that the public mission of schools is effectively subverted.

Steep declines in the virtuous cycle of taxing corporations means state aid to colleges has shrunk even as administration, executive pay and years to degree attainment have grown. College rankings, have managed to accelerate the culling process that all ranking and grading procedures in our schools perform. If test scores are proxies for income, you have a system that deliberately excludes lower-income studentsand weakens state returns on investment. Note that rankings themselves are the product of private corporate interests.

Do colleges have to do this to survive? No, the administrative layer and excessive executive salaries continue to grow unrelated to fulfillment of their mission. This overgrown administrative layer still can't get the majority of kids out in four years nor can working-class students receive the important support services needed to help them as they work and attend school.

globalized education 
administrating everything

ignore the rankings (Atlantic Monthly)

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