In response to:

The Campaign for "Free" College

Marc_H Wrote: May 29, 2012 3:40 PM
From the inbox over the weekend:

You all don't seem to understand that a Public Education in the University Systems of our country was (essentially) free until the early 1970's... Public universities are supposed to invest in intellectual capital. Period. In reality, it is subsidized...and should be.

The gold standard for the free postsecondary education model is pre-1970s California. The University of California system charged residents nothing for tuition before a series of reforms throughout the 1960s hiked fees to bring out-of-pocket costs in line with a lot of other systems throughout the country. As Anya Kamenetz...