Virginia's flagship going down

U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Virginia as the number two public school in the country. But Virginia's spending per student at its flagship university ranks near the bottom of the heap. In an October letter, UVA president John Casteen lets alumni and parents know where the university stands in 2001-02 state appropriations for in-state students compared to similarly ranked public universities in similarly budget-beleaguered states. It isn't a pretty picture, and it's only going to get worse: $8,860 for next year.

University of North Carolina: $24,178

University of Michigan: $21,284

University of California at Berkeley: $22,309

UCLA: $21,888

UVA: $12,695