Displaying logic similar to that which created San Francisco’s famed free store in the 1960s, the City by the Bay apparently now has a free university.
According to an article by Reyhan Harmanci in the New York Times:
In an age of escalating college costs… the Free University of San Francisco — which resides in the basement of Viracocha, a store in the Mission District — has one very large thing going for it: no tuition fees.
Conceived by Alan Kaufman, 59, a poet and former instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the Free University is an oh-so-San Francisco experiment in divorcing education from commerce. “We don’t need walls, we don’t need desks to impart knowledge,” Mr. Kaufman said. “The idea of a free university is that it’s monetarily free, free of constraints, free of any kind of administration.”
On March 6, the university will begin a cycle of seven five-week classes. After that, Mr. Kaufman said, students can expect both 5- and 10-week courses.
While the new school might be free, its status as a university is a little ambiguous.
FUSF, which offers classes like “Abolishing Corporate Personhood to Create Authentic Democracy,” isn’t really a college at all, any more than Beck University, Trump University, or the nearby Oaksterdam University, a school entirely devoted to the cultivation of marijuana.