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What's wrong with Kansas University? Apparently, much that is wrong with France.
I was recently enjoying an extended multiple-author "Room for Debate" feature at the New York Times on the topic of why so many scholars from France are moving to the US, manifesting a brain drain of sorts. The discussion can be found at: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/28/why-french-scholars-love-us-colleges.
A paragraph in the contribution by Mireille Guilano caught my eye. She writes:
"France’s state-owned higher education system was in sad shape when I was a student there in 1970. The facilities were then and are now run-down, overcrowded, underfunded, and overseen by underpaid and often disgruntled professors and bureaucrats. The students are guaranteed a spot at virtually no cost if they graduate from a French high school, and there is no real urgency for them to graduate in four years. Many stay longer, much longer, especially during hard economic times like today. Plus there is an almost arrogant disconnect between a dated curriculum emphasizing old ideas and the current realities of the 21st century and a global economic workplace."
Substitute "Kansas" or "Kansan" for "France" and "French", respectively, and the paragraph aptly describes higher education in the sunflower state, especially in regard to KU.