Altering our scholarship policy will be only as a last resort, but in order to create a sustainable model, it has to be one of the options on the table — Jamshed Bharucha
Further, you tell me how to run admissions to make sure that you get enough wealthy students in classes? Do you think it will look like Cooper Union looks now? Or more like any other school that rewards privilege over merit? — slavin
It seems like as good a time as any to ponder how it was that Cooper Union got to be Cooper Union, and how the accomplishments of its graduates reflect an admission policy that gave opportunity to talented students who otherwise would not have had it.
Here is donor signage by Pentagram inside the new Cooper Union building. Seems now like a weird anti-monument:
From the NYTimes article linked above, (emphasis added): Peter Cooper, a self-taught industrialist, inventor and social reformer, founded the college with the mission of making higher education available to all; it was among the first to admit blacks, women, students of any religion and those who could not pay, making it need-blind long before the term existed.
The legacy of students and alumni, in fact, constitutes the reputation against which the school can now bank on if it is going to transform itself into an education commodity. It stands to wonder, then, what exactly the trustees have to offer. Indeed, what right or authority do they have to sell what is not really theirs to begin with, and instead belongs to the students, alumni, and society at large?
He (Bharucha) plans to ask the board of trustees next week to approve creation of a task force to look into ways to solve the school’s persistent, and worsening, budget problems, and report back next spring. But didn't the trustees get the school into the shape it is in now? Who gets to actually decide what "options are on the table"?
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