The Day the Purpose of College Changed
After February 28, 1967, the main reason to go was to get a job
By Dan Berrett, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The governor had bad news: The state budget was in crisis, and everyone needed to tighten their belts.
High taxes threatened "economic ruin," said the newly elected Ronald Reagan. Welfare stood to be curbed, the highway patrol had fat to trim. Everything would be pared down; he’d start with his own office.
California still boasted a system of public higher education that was the envy of the world. And on February 28, 1967, a month into his term, the Republican governor assured people that he wouldn’t do anything to harm it. "But," he added, "we do believe that there are certain intellectual luxuries that perhaps we could do without," for a little while at least.