The Public Interest

Government and the University: Is Everybody Happy?

Seth Cropsey

Summer 1979

ACCORDING to Webster’s, policy is the course of action a governing principle dictates. No governing principle exists in the Federal governments relationship with higher education, hence there is no real Federal policy toward higher education. Instead, one finds a remarkably complicated maze of programs and regulations designed and administered to achieve the particular aims of numerous Federal agencies from H.E.W. to the Bureau of Mines. Chester Finn Jr.’s Scholars, Dollars, and Bureaucrats is an indispensable guide for whomever would understand that maze.

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