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Annual Privatization Report 2013

Higher Education Public-Private Partnerships Update

Subsection of Annual Privatization Report 2013: State Government Privatization

Leonard Gilroy
April 22, 2013

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In the wake of the 2008 recession, many states have seen a combination of budget cuts in higher education, increased tuitions and growing deferred maintenance across their public university assets, each of which presents a threat to the future sustainability of the state’s higher education system. These fiscal pressures are prompting state university systems to explore innovative service and asset delivery models to help reduce costs, better maintain facilities and create new tools to finance and construct new and modernized academic buildings, dormitories and other campus facilities.

Some systems and schools have turned to the private sector to achieve these goals in various ways, ranging from the outsourcing of specific operational services to public-private partnerships (PPPs) that bring private sector capital and expertise to bear on the financing of university facilities. Noteworthy recent developments on privatization and PPPs in higher education in 2012 include:

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Endnotes

1 For more information and resources on The Ohio State University’s parking system lease, see http://www.osu.edu/parkingproposal/.

2 Associated Press, "IU leaders question wisdom of parking lease plan," Indianapolis Business Journal, October 12, 2012.

3 Jim Vertuno, "Texas A&M awards contract to privatize services," Associated Press, June 21, 2012.

1 "UK to build five new dorms through private management deal," The Courier-Journal, October 15, 2012.


Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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