UC BERKELEY’S ADAPTATIONS TO THE CRISIS OF PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE US: Privatization? Commercialization? Or Hybridization?
UC BERKELEY’S ADAPTATIONS TO THE CRISIS OF PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE US by George Breslauer CSHE.17.13 (December 2013)
The University of California at Berkeley now delivers more to the public of California than it ever has, and it does this on the basis of proportionally less funding by the State government than it has ever received. This claim may come as a surprise, since it is often said that Berkeley is in the process of privatizing, becoming less of a public university and more in the service of private interests. To the contrary, as the State’s commitment to higher education and social-welfare programs has declined, UC Berkeley has struggled to preserve and even expand its public role, while struggling simultaneously to retain its competitive excellence as a research university. This paper delineates how UC Berkeley has striven to retain its public character in the face of severe financial pressures. A summary of the indicators invoked can be found in the chart at the end of the text.