Public Policy: Harvesting Neglect in New Jersey

PUBLIC POLICY

Residents of New Jersey sometimes liken their state to a keg of beer tapped at both ends, with New York and Philadelphia drawing off the state's talent, energy and brains. The residue is a flat, zingless brew that satisfies no one. Among the dregs is higher education —a field in which rich New Jersey has the poorest showing of effort among all the 50 states.

Now there is a glimmer of hope that New Jersey may be about to create a meaningful system of public higher education. Presently, the system consists of...

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