apparently boot camp makes you an expert on all things u.s. military in iraq.
let's get back to the topic anyway.
the current university system is bleeding to death financially. schools are not businesses, and cannot be ran as such without running aground, as they are now. a university is not designed to pump out graduates as fast as possible, "efficiently" as possible (this word doesn't apply, and that is a fundamental problem with the business mentality), and with as little extra money for other programs needed.
tuition is continually raised, blocking poorer students from attending, even if they are highly qualified, because scholarships are drying up as well.
government funding, even if not total and just increasing the current funding, could stop a lot of this.
currently, the quality of instructors is going to decrease as well. i am going to be in academics, and i can tell you the following from daily experience:
1. tenure is going to be a dream of the past in a few decades if things don't change
2. beginning professors now are almost forced (unless extremely lucky with job openings) to take several one-year stints as visiting professors or lecturers at whatever university has an opening, usually meaning moving across the country several times in a few years. the strain on finances and family from this is obvious.
3. business-oriented university policies mean that the humanities (however useless some of you jackasses may think they are) suffer the most. language departments shrink every year and smaller ones disappear. the quality of instructors decreases as new people can't be hired when the older ones retire.
i could go on.
this is seriously a crisis, and the only reason we have "the best" universities in the world these days is because of the ivy league. our public universities are not thriving, they're stagnating and losing ground every year.