MBA News: UCLA Anderson Wants to Go Private

According to an article in Fortune magazine, the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management wants to give up any state funding to become self-sufficient. Dean Judy Olian is in favor of the change, hoping for the autonomy to raise tuition and hire star faculty members at higher salaries without worrying about appropriations debates in the California legislature. The business school would still have administrative and curricular ties to UCLA, though opponents of the change worry the shift is really privatization in disguise and could diminish the asset value of the school as a whole, sending the wrong message about “the spirit of a public university.” Considering that only 6% of the business school’s annual budget comes from the state, self-sufficiency already appears to be looming. If the change is approved, Anderson would be following in the footsteps of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, which cut state funding almost a decade ago. Since then, Darden’s student body and tuition have increased, and the school actually pays about 10% of its revenue to the central university, keeping the school from being considered “private.”

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