Administrators at public universities complain that the legislatures have broken the social contract by which there's been sufficient funding to keep tuitions low.  I have long contended that the breach is mutual, with the public universities neglecting their core functions.

In "Napolitano and the Decline of Berkeley" retired professor (and I think California regent for a while) Glynn Custred reviews the recent behavior of California's higher education administrators and faculty, then comes down on the side of Big Education breaking the social contract.
The long march of the authoritarian left has succeeded in capturing the institutions of higher learning, and they have imposed their anti-liberal and anti-intellectual agenda upon institutions that once supported a free marketplace of ideas. Illiberal administrations and boards of directors disregard the missions of the institutions they are charged with governing. These institutions are financed by student tuitions and fees, by donations from alumni, businesses, and philanthropic organizations, and by taxes, government subsidies, and tax-funded grants. Perhaps it is time to rethink our unquestioned support of institutions that are failing to fulfill their missions in so many ways.

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