Well there is a barrier to entry to the CIC; Nebraska wasn't getting an invitation until they joined the Big Ten. The way you characterize the CIC, it sounds like you could easily form an equivalent, that just about any consortium would be the same, that the efficiencies (developed over decades) in sharing resources would be easily replicated, and that any university president would have no preference for one consortium over another.
The CIC is comprised of the Big Ten members and U. Chicago. It's the largest consortium of its kind, and you can't assume PSU's status in the CIC would remain unchanged if they left the Big Ten. Can you imagine appearing before the PSU BOT and trying to convince them to jeopardize their status in the premiere research consortium in the US to join the ACC? I just can't imagine that happening within the next 20 years.
Last edited by lawhokie; Tue Jul 24 2012 at 09:05 PM.
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