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Glimpse of higher ed's future?

Some higher education officials in Kansas already are using the term "state-assisted" rather then "state-funded." Now, to deal with a state funding squeeze, officials at Colorado State University are debating whether to take the school partially private and go to a tuition system in which students would pay more for degrees that cost more to deliver. Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York also have versions of a public-private model for higher education. But it's controversial. "Once you start charging more for some degrees, you're going to price people out of the market," Chapman Rackaway, associate professor of political science at Fort Hays State University, wrote in the Hays Daily News. "State governments across the country already are doing their best to prevent access to higher education for all but their wealthiest citizens. If we start making it harder to get necessary degrees like medicine and engineering, we'll find ourselves with a shortage of people in those fields quickly."