February 16, 2004, p. 38
In my last column I wrote that the business and law schools at the
University of Virginia had gone private. Not so. The schools are
financially self-sufficient but operate as public institutions."
the Editor of Newsweek:
am writing to correct misinformation in Jane Bryant Quinn's Feb.
2 column headlined College's New Tuition Crisis. Ms. Quinn incorrectly
states that the University of Virginia's Law School and its Darden
Graduate School of Business Administration have become private entities.
it is true that both schools, faced with declining state support
for higher education, have over the past decade moved toward financial
self-sufficiency, they remain fully under University of Virginia
a new funding model for public education, the two schools have increased
tuition, bringing them to similar levels with their peers. At the
same time, they have placed a strong emphasis on raising funds for
scholarships and loans to help students overcome any financial difficulty
increased tuition may bring.
to Ms. Quinn's column, neither Law nor Darden sets its own tuition.
Tuition policy remains under the authority of the university's board
of visitors. Moreover, each school continues to receive $2,500 of
taxpayer funds for each in-state student enrolled.
regards to tuition policy, Ms. Quinn's column raises some important
issues for institutions of higher education. At U.Va., we realize
the importance of maintaining educational access for all students.
As of the 2004-05 academic year, we will complete implementation
of a four-year plan to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need
for all undergraduate students through grants, loans, and work-study,
a policy that affirms U.Va.'s commitment to access in the midst
of falling state appropriations and rising tuition.
envisioned by our founder, the University of Virginia has been,
and always will be, a public institution of higher education.
Interim Assistant Vice President for University Relations