Peter Stearns on public and private higher ed here in Virginia

Mason’s Provost, Peter Stearns,  has a very interesting blogpost on the increasingly ambiguous boundary between public and private institutions here.

The key point is that private non-profit institutions are often viewed as tremendous assets by states (Harvard immediately jumps to mind). Note that in Massachusetts, the flagship public, UMass Amherst, has often struggled.

We certainly live in interesting times….