UCLA's plan to take its B-school private
The state of California has a dilemma. Its UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, which is part of a vaunted public university system statewide, wants to forgo state funding and be free to behave more like a private institution. It's about money and independence. After a year of debate, the state is slowly nearing a decision whether to grant Anderson's request. It's the kind of controversy that makes academic hullabaloos so much fun to watch: windy memos, overlapping turfs, trifling jealousies. But at a time when public universities across the country have been looking to slash costs, it could set a precedent for other prestigious professional schools hoping to go private.