Public colleges outsourcing services to private companies as states cut budgets

Public colleges can’t do it all, at least not when the economy is weak, the Huffington Post reports. More public colleges are farming out the non-educational aspects of their campus operations — things like parking enforcement and dorm construction — to private companies, the the Wall Street Journal reports. In just the latest example, the WSJ notes, Ohio State University is looking for one or more private investors to lease its parking system of more than 35,000 spaces, a move that could raise as much as $375 million for the school, but has students worried about a possible crackdown on violations. Other schools have hired private developers to build dorms and restore campus buildings. And officials at OSU are thinking of privatizing the golf course and the small airport that sit on campus grounds, according to the WSJ…

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