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The war on public higher education

North Carolina is far from the only state whose  public colleges and universities are struggling with huge cuts in public funding. As this Reuters article explains, it’s a national phenomenon and one that is, in the eyes of anyone other than conservative ideologues devoted to dismantling our societal commitment to higher education, transforming things for the worse. As the article puts it:

“For generations, most college-bound Americans paid reasonable fees to attend publicly financed state universities.

But the bedrock of that system is fracturing as cash-strapped states slash funding to these schools just as attendance has soared. Places like Ohio State, Penn State and the University of Michigan now receive less than 7 percent of their budgets from state appropriations.

As a result, public universities — which historically have graduated the majority of U.S. college students — are eliminating programs, raising tuition and accepting more out-of-state students, who typically pay significantly higher rates.

The upshot of it all? Students face greater competition for admission, significantly higher tuition bills and bigger debt loads upon graduation.”

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One Comment

  1. Alex O'Connor

    July 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Even if you want to be completely selfish and cynical I think it is imperative to have as many young people as possible have an chance at a higher educations. Simply because we need them to succeed for the good of all of Americans. I do not have children but I totally support education from head start through college or the trades for any young person who will pursue it. What is best for this country is for the majority to succeed economically. These days it takes a college education at least to even have a fighting chance.