Time to shed schools
Erskine Bowles was right on the money with his plan to curb the federal deficit, and he was right when he suggested that the UNC system shed some campuses in order to make better use of shrinking resources.
Georgia manages with four campuses, and Illinois has only three. We not only have too many campuses, we have too many students attending our public universities, including several at state schools that admit students with SAT scores so low that some of their students may not have mastered subjects at a middle school level.
The administrative overhead of keeping so many campuses, including many with small populations, is a luxury we can no longer afford unless we are prepared to compromise on the quality of our elite schools.