Template talk:Colleges and universities in metropolitan Chicago

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public/private[edit]

Why is this box divided between public and private schools?- thank you Astuishin (talk) 06:03, 30 June 2007 (UTC)

  • Whether a school is public or private is one of the most basic distinctions that can be made. It seems that many school lists (see List_of_colleges_and_universities_in_the_United_States) are no longer divided as such (though the majority still are), but if that's the direction Wikipedians want to take it, well, I can only say I disagree and I hope the division remains. I don't see the merit in having a big, undefined lump of schools in a list. To take that mentality further, why are we even dividing them geographically?—Lazytiger 18:19, 2 July 2007 (UTC)
Ah I see your point, though since public universities are run by the various states, the distinctions you pointed out applies quite nicely to the List_of_colleges_and_universities_in_the_United_States. Chicagoland, of course is not a state, just a loose metro area which happens to cross state lines, and universities run by other states, namely Indiana and Wisconsin could be used in the template box. These universities will have various cost and admission practices so the distinctions, at least in my view, are not as meaningful. As to why the list is divided by region, various regional identification's on the part of the editors I suspect. Thoughts? - thank you Astuishin (talk) 22:08, 2 July 2007 (UTC)
Should community colleges be included on this box?- thank you Astuishin (talk) 19:23, 5 July 2007 (UTC)
I don't see why not; it just depends on how big of a box you want. It can be hard to reach a consensus with topics (or geographic areas) that have ambiguous extents. But adding community colleges is fine with me, though that adds complexity to the public/private division already present. I'm losing interest in this template; if you have a clear idea what you want to do with it, by all means completely redesign it if you want.—Lazytiger 19:58, 5 July 2007 (UTC)