None of the countries we would like to compare ourselves to or think we're better than have as many students drop out college.

California's been a part of WICHE for 50 years. It's been a partner in a lot of activities, but not the WUE program. The CSU people I spoke to had presumed WUE was not on the table or didn't know about the program.

If in some cases car allowances were reported and others were not, it could be a back-office mistake. But if they did something systematically, that could be more of a problem of mismanagement.

In a large university, the president spends so much time on fundraising and legislative relations and big thinking that they need a day-to-day management czar.

Higher education has lost its way, but we've all lost our way.