An article in Monday’s Washington Post about the plight of the University of California at Berkeley and other “public Ivies” drew more than 1,400 reader comments, writes columnist Daniel de Vise. Here is my attempt to answer five of the most interesting questions. If my answers spark more questions, please post them in the comments section below.

1. Has Berkeley become a rich-kid school? Several commenters mentioned that the tuition squeeze at places such as Berkeley has effectively gentrified the schools, filling them with wealthy students. Here are some statistics provided by Berkeley that represent incoming freshmen…

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