There is no valid reason for governments to OWN universities. Every argument in favor of government universities is easily disproved. (For example, government universities have DECREASED the proportion of poor students in higher education, not increased it, see here; MOST government-funded research at government universities is flawed or false, see here; and government universities churn out false and flawed research at a cost of billions annually, see here. And government universities are among the least free places in America; often less free than parochial universities.)
Now the rampant pro-government philosophy in Colorado’s government universities has attracted the scrutiny of Colorado voters (and some Colorado officials).
John Carson, a member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents, has said he intends to investigate the email sent by 3 Colorado State professors saying that discussion of doubts about the government’s manmade-global-warming-by-CO2 theory will not be tolerated.
Carson has also said he is concerned about limits on student research. “If it’s accurate, the [professors’] email even limits the sources of research that students can use,” Mr. Carson said. “For there to be a prohibition on debate and dialogue on a particular public policy issue at the university is certainly alarming.”