Throughout the economic downturn, states have cut spending on higher education.
The stories you read are all basically the same: legislators, citing budget deficits, have slashed their state university’s budget. The only difference between them is the state and the size of the cut (which, in one case, is a whopping 50 percent).
A recent article on the Huffington Post takes a look at the damage that these cuts will inflict on U.S. higher education and society in general.
The article, written by Christopher Newfield, the author of Unmaking the Public University, argues that public universities are largely responsible for the diverse and large middle class that the U.S. has had to this point. Cutting their funding will put their students at a disadvantage when competing with their peers who can afford to attend private institutions.
As a future college student, are you upset about this? If so, I urge you to contact your state’s legislators. Contact information can be found here.