Ron Unz

Harvard should be free for all students, says businessman campaigning for board

An American millionaire entrepreneur campaigning for election to Harvard’s ruling body has called for the university to scrap tuition fees.

Ron Unz, a high-profile Silicon Valley resident who ran for nomination as a Republican candidate for governor of California, said that Harvard should educate those who win places for free. As part of his campaign to win one of 30 seats on the university’s Board of Overseers, Mr Unz, 54, said that Harvard could fund the tuition through its $35.9 billion (£25bn) endowment fund – the largest in the US.

“It’s a scandal that Harvard hasn’t done anything about this before,” he told The Telegraph. “The university is operating as a massive hedge fund, and the contribution from tuition fees is negligable.

  • Exile1981

    It’s their money they can spend it anyway they want.

    I see this playing out one of two ways.

    1) They start allowing every SJW to attend and get free education in useless things and the public sees a harvard education as worthless and the university goes down the tube.

    2) They actually have real competitions for entrance and the best actually get to go and they stop turning out SJW’s.

    • V10_Rob

      I could get behind the idea of free post-secondary scholarships (paid by taxes, based on academic performance), assuming…

      a) the colleges and universities didn’t massively pad the bill like any other operation attached to the public teat, immune to scrutiny or accountability.

      b) higher education were refocused on scholastic excellence in real sciences and disciplines.

      I’m not sure which of these is the more impossible hurdle.

      • Blacksmith

        all of the above?

  • Tom Forsythe

    It does present an interesting idea: those who sincerely believe post-secondary education should be free could start their own institutions funded entirely through charitable donations.

  • Spatchcocked

    Hmmmmm….Steve Sailer blog is on the Unz Review site….what does this mean?

  • Ron MacDonald

    He has a point.

  • Dana Garcia

    Why do these richy rich universities like Harvard just keep expanding their ginormous billionaire piggy banks?

    It’s a reasonable question.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They also no longer have admission criteria, close down all classes and the library and stop all research.

  • Spatchcocked

    And anyone wears spectacles and anyone without callouses on their hands or without dirt and grime under their nails is executed immediately…

  • luna

    For schools with huge endowments, they should consider how best to use those endowments in the service of their charter.

    Tuition is only part of the cost of a university education, the other typical big costs are room and board.

  • DD_Austin

    Guy sure is dumb

    their called “tuition fees” but their really “progressive filters”

    to keep John Q public out legally, they waved for “special cases” and “diversity”
    so only “the chosen” can attend

    It’s isn’t the money, and never has been, it’s about being a power cliche

  • Clausewitz

    Well you get what you pay for. If the school is free, then the perceived value of the education there is zero. Seems about right in this case.

  • mauser 98

    Iggy from Haaaaarvard
    is Dalton McSlimey not employed there also?

  • Millie_Woods

    He looks like one of those haunted trees in the old Disney cartoons.