Public universities are increasingly cash-strapped, but they’re also understandably reluctant to increase tuition, which has already risen by more than 70 percent over the past decade. So some schools are turning to other means to raise revenue, such as privatizing peripheral facilities like parking lots and dormitories, according to the Wall Street Journal.The WSJ piece highlights Ohio State and the University of Kentucky as two early adopters of this model, but others are likely to follow suit. Not only do these moves bring in much needed funds; they also restore a school’s focus to its core teaching and research activities. As Ohio State CFO Geoffrey Chatas asks, “[D]o we really need to operate parking? Do we really need to own and operate an airport, or own and operate golf courses?”The changes are starting to come faster now for higher ed. Via Meadia sees this great onrush of change as a sign of American strength. Flexibility, the willingness to try new things when the old ways aren’t working, has long been a hallmark of American culture. The capacity to experiment created an American higher education system that was the envy of the world in the century just past; it will keep American education vital in the current one.