Education: Pricing the Profs out of Eden

The cost of faculty housing causes a brain drain in California

When the University of California at Los Angeles hired Donald Weber three years ago as an assistant professor of English, it seemed a perfect match. He was a notable scholar: the sunny, high-paying California system was considered an ideal place to work. This fall, though, Weber will be at Mount Holyoke College in snowy Massachusetts. Why the switch? In Weber's case there was no tenure battle or political infighting. It was simply that the young professor, 30, realized he could never afford to...

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