Education: Federal Aid: Too Many Strings?

Universities welcome the cash, but fear more controls

Government aid to U.S. colleges and universities—mostly student loans, research grants and special-program funds—now totals an impressive $15 billion a year. Yet more and more educators, administrators and trustees are biting the hand that feeds them. Their complaints range from excessive paperwork to inflexible regulations. But the one that is voiced most emphatically concerns Washington's growing influence over higher education. Says Robert Durkee of the Association of American Universities: "We may be nearing a point where the Government will be making decisions that universities should be making."

Exaggerated? Not by much, as several recent developments...

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