I'm not completely sure, Dot. In part, I think the 80's happened, I don't know that I can effectively elucidate what I mean by that (I was just a kid) other than to say that I think during the Regan era there was an overall cultural shift towards individual status climbing, upward mobility, and a rejection of everything that the 60's had been about (not that it started in the 1980's, but...)
As that related to university settings, my perception is suddenly lots more people were going to school to learn how to make money, and it was in the 80's that there really started to be a shift (which became far more apparent in the 1990's) to a college degree being required for economic stability (because of blue collar jobs shifting overseas, the, er, rusting of the rust belt, and so on).
Now we've come out the other side, and college degrees are neither a guarantee of economic stability, nor are they particularly economically feasible, but for most young people (and I work with teens), they still view college as the only way to go. WHile a part of me thinks that this would make University settings hotbeds of radical fomentation, what I actually mostly see is the opposite, that the radicalism extends to worrying about their debt forgiveness, and maybe (maybe) broadening that perspective to ideas about economic justice overall, but not anti-capitalist or anarchist ideas and action.
Obviously though I paint with a broad brush here, and I also think there is probably much more nuance to it than all this.
edited because typos make me crazy, but I have a natural talent at making them.