Education: Suny Red Tape

A study urges a freer structure

A major university engages a study group to evaluate its operations. The result? Something earnest but tepid, un- likely to startle anyone, right? Not if it is the State University of New York. Last week a 15-member commission, appointed by Chancellor Clifton R. Wharton Jr. to examine the largest U.S. public university system (370,000 students), issued a report that called SUNY "an extreme example of what not to do in the management of public higher education." The report declared that SUNY is "the most overregulated university in the nation." The commission blamed the university's charter, which set up SUNY 36 years...

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