[Ads-l] Hobson's choice

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sat Jul 9 14:03:42 UTC 2016

>From Friday's NYTimes:

Defending her university system after the audit’s release in March,
President Janet Napolitano wrote that because of budget cuts, nearly every
state in the nation had been forced to make a “Hobson’s choice, and they
all have reached the same decision: Open doors to out-of-state students to
keep the doors open for in-state students.”

The Times' article concerned complaints that state universities are chasing
after out-of-state students who can pay full tuition, and reducing the
number of students paying in-state rates.  It sounds to me that Napolitano
thinks that Hobson’s choice means a difficult choice.  Certainly, if all
universities have made "the same decision", that implies that there were
other possible decisions that might have been made.


George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

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