Comments on: The shame of Cooper Union http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/01/11/the-shame-of-cooper-union/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: QCIC http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/01/11/the-shame-of-cooper-union/comment-page-1/#comment-49057 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:12:41 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=22996#comment-49057 unique and irreplaceable institution was destroyed”

The vast majority of people have never heard of it, so I what is unique and irreplaceable about it? Every college is “irreplaceable”? What do you even mean by that?

Is the University of Minnesota Duluth Campus “irreplaceable”? What about its Crookston campus? Morris? Tuition at the university of Minnesota has risen from $6,400 in 2013 dollars in 1962 to $56,000 today. More or less 9 times as much. Is that not notable?

Campuses around the nation have these exact same problems with keeping up with the Joneses and state of the art expensive buildings. Why should Cooper Union be different?

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By: AlumniPioneer http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/01/11/the-shame-of-cooper-union/comment-page-1/#comment-49033 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:55:10 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=22996#comment-49033 The Cooper Union has now become the first not-for-profit institution in New York State to come up with a financial plan, and then go searching for a mission that matches it.

It used to be a portfolio of Manhattan real estate holdings with a free college attached to it. Now it is a portfolio of Manhattan real estate holdings with an honors college attached to it. There isn’t a single legal or historical document that establishes that The Cooper Union is or was an honors college, or that the founders and donors intended it to be. Good luck with Not-for-Profit Corporation law.

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By: junkcharts http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/01/11/the-shame-of-cooper-union/comment-page-1/#comment-49032 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:50:16 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=22996#comment-49032 Felix: Thanks for reporting on Cooper Union with zeal and passion. As you noted, the day they start charging tuition is the beginning of the end for the school. For those who are not familiar with this unique institution, calling it “free” cheapens the brand – in reality, every student there is on merit-based scholarship. It is a highly selective school with 8% admission rate in 2010.

y2kurtus1: I hope Felix’s posts encouraged you to look up Cooper Union and learn about its mission.

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By: junkcharts http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/01/11/the-shame-of-cooper-union/comment-page-1/#comment-49031 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:49:29 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=22996#comment-49031 Felix: Thanks for reporting on Cooper Union with zeal and passion. As you noted, the day they start charging tuition is the beginning of the end for the school. For those who are not familiar with this unique institution, calling it “free” cheapens the brand – in reality, every student there is on merit-based scholarship. It is a highly selective school with 8% admission rate in 2010.

y2kurtus1: I hope Felix’s posts encouraged you to look up Cooper Union and learn about its mission.

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By: sacramentodan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/01/11/the-shame-of-cooper-union/comment-page-1/#comment-49030 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:05:44 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=22996#comment-49030 “The board will constitute a group of trustees to work with faculty, students, administration, staff, alumni and friends,” we are told, “to clarify the mission for the 21st century and to develop a strategic plan for implementing the mission.”

As with all mission statements, the Translation is:
We are as*holes

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By: y2kurtus1 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/01/11/the-shame-of-cooper-union/comment-page-1/#comment-49027 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:18:47 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=22996#comment-49027 Felix… I’m sure you’re right that Cooper Union was special when it was tuition free and will be nothing special when it starts charging students.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a worldly person… but still the first time I ever read the words Cooper Union was when you wrote your first blog post on the topic. I kind of hope some self made billionaire like Zuck decides on a blind whim to give them enough cash to stay tuition free. Then I’ll look forward to reading a post from you belittling the gift!

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