The credit reporting agency's perennial gloomy forecast underscores the challenge academic leaders face daily: preserving excellence while a still-limping economy exerts downward pressure on revenues from virtually every source.
The economic impact of public universities is undeniable. They employ thousands of people. They develop and contribute to their communities. They introduce new technologies, some of which result in new business opportunities.
As graduation looms closer and I begin my job search in earnest, I wish I had a guarantee of employment for the years ahead. But instead all I have is the possibility of escaping to play Neopets for a couple of hours.