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Public education

Public education in a private education state

When W. Brian O’Connor was offered a job on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he told his adviser at Indiana’s public Purdue University that he wasn’t sure he should accept it. After all, O’Connor was raised in university-rich New England, and, “If you talk to most people born and brought up in New England, the state universities were the insurance schools.”

O’Connor’s Indiana colleagues, however, had a different perspective.

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