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It has contributed to a lot of research, and the University of California system is one of the best research universities in the world (as well as the biggest producer of weapons of mass destruction). Having seen the University from the inside, my opinion is that as far as undergraduate education goes (and the UC is written into the Constitution of the State of California) the UC is the biggest fraud in the State of California.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 06:37:45 AM EST
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Doesn't matter if you think the undergraduate is a fraud. It attracts enough intelligent people from all over the world in both the undergraduate and graduate schools that both the graduates and the dropouts have started most of the dynamic industries of the latter part of the 20th century-computer, biosciences, etc. etc. Unfortunately the bi product of tens of thousands of engineers and scientists being from the University System was aerospace and defense.
by An American in London on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 06:51:44 AM EST
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Aerospace and Defense was not a byproduct, it has been the major Keynesian driver of the US economy since WWII, and the fact that the UC has managed most of the Department of Energy National Laboratories was a cause, not an effect, of its growth as a University.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 06:54:53 AM EST
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