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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