Helen Price, writing in the ‘Guardian’ last year, about turning down Oxford to go to Yale:
Cash-starved UK universities cannot compete with the funding opportunities offered by US colleges, whose wealthy alumni throw donations at their alma maters. Yale’s $19.4 billion endowment dwarfs Oxford’s £3.9 billion, meaning that they can pay for everything from summers abroad to huge research grants.
Most of all, I noticed the difference in their attitude to applicants and admitted students. My Yale acceptance letter contained a personal note from the admissions officer, saying what she liked about my application and encouraging me to contact her with any questions. I was allocated a current Yale student who emailed me and answered my queries about student life. I was also invited, with all other admitted students, to spend a weekend at Yale in April, where a huge program of activities was planned for us. In contrast, any contact from Oxford was purely administrative.
Oxford, Cambridge and other top British universities will continue to attract intelligent and ambitious students. But for students like me, they are no longer the first choice.
Why raise this now? And are you wondering how a year in Yale, being cosseted & having your needs catered to by all, has improved Ms Price?
Well, over at Patterico’s Pontifications, the fragile little flower has popped up, so wonder no more…
One of the guest speakers this year will be Ayaan Hirsi Ali! However, note the whimpers of worry from student Helen Price:
“When you invite very conservative speakers here who perhaps have controversial views on Islam or homosexuality, you essentially make Yale a very uncomfortable place for a large percentage of the people here on campus, and everyone should feel at home at college”.
There. Now you know what a year spent in the comforting warm bath of leftist group-think has turned out.
Ain’t Oxford lucky?