In his June 10 op-ed column, “Subprime college educations,” George F. Will conflated increasing tuition and student debt with attempts to create an equitable and inclusive environment at public teaching and research universities.
The United States will not emerge from its economic doldrums if it does not access its entire talent pool. Our efforts on equity and inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, aim to do exactly that. Undergraduate in-state tuition is a little more than $12,000 a year, which is a small fraction of the cost of education at the school. But this amount is paid only by students from families whose incomes are more than $140,000; students from families with annual incomes of less than $80,000 pay no tuition — their educations are free. The average debt of our students upon graduation is $8,000, not the inflated example of $100,000 that Mr. Will reported.