Article by CNN, November 20, 2006.
PARIS, France (AP) -- German universities are trying to charge tuition. Paris schools are considering selection instead of open admission. Dutch colleges are pushing students to finish faster. Greece wants to lift a ban on private universities.
Change is rattling Europe's temples of learning.
Resistance remains fierce, driven by fears of the "Americanization" -- or commercialization -- of higher education.
But economic realities are overpowering those who maintain that universities should impart universal knowledge, not pave the way to a job. Too many European graduates are getting welfare checks instead of paychecks...