I wrote to the LA Times:
There is almost nothing, I repeat nothing, you can spend $100,000 on 18-22 year olds and get something of vital importance to society. UCLA will fail as will the business model of this sort of university. It will fail just as surely as the newspaper industry has failed, and the reason is simple. You can get the same or better information online from people who will share it for free.
Look at MIT OCW. That's free. And a well motivated student can learn what he or she needs to know without the imprimatur of this bankrupt public system.
I attended Cal State in the 80s and wondered what it was I was missing for not having attended UCLA as an undergrad. So I did the common sense thing, which was to go to the UCLA bookstore and buy the books that UCLA students were required to buy. What I learned was that physics was physics and astronomy was astronomy and what I was able to learn had everything to do with my desire and discipline and nothing to do with .. well the patience of smart-assed 22 year old teachers aides.
Everyone who is protesting is gambling on their ability to leverage a dysfunctional political system for funding something a truly smart person would be able to provide for themselves. This for the privilege of having a credential that speaks louder than one's own skills. It's marketing. It's failing. And so are the institutions that hire such dubious individuals, because obviously the endowment is not helping.
Surely the Left commenters here should stop romanticizing simply because UC is a public institution and rather recognize what a UCLA education has become... a bourgeois luxury. If you don't believe that, consider the quality of those opinions written here by students in the fray.
There is a culture of foolishness in America that could do well to fail in this failing economy. And at some point Americans will stop watching television shows like 'Entourage' and spending $2.50 for 8 ounces of energy drinks, or beer for that matter. But until that happens, one cannot take seriously these sorts of complaints.
This is basically when I put on my Dirty Jobs hat. Perhaps our problem as a society is that we have too many 'educated' opinions.