AASCU proposes a federal matching program to stop the privatization of public higher education. Called the Federal-State College Affordability Partnership, it would leverage up to $15 billion in federal student aid dollars to incentivize states to invest in public higher education.
Social scientists are living in increasingly challenging times. In states like North Carolina there is a politically driven movement to dump the "irrelevant" and "unproductive" social sciences and humanities into the academic dustbin. What can be done to salvage the liberal arts?
Many higher education observers were applauding last week when the decision from a U.S. District Judge declared that the state of Maryland had failed in its obligation to eliminate traces of de jure segregation in its system of public higher education.
At stake is our collective ability to maintain college affordability and to maximize the transformative effect that America's public colleges and universities have on individuals' lives and on the very economic and social fabric of our communities, states, and nation.
The budget constraints have led the CSU administration to put into overdrive its business model for higher education, to treat education like a "business," like a "product" that is "delivered" to a "customer."
Scwharzenegger and the Republicans who control California's finances have concluded it's not even worth trying to compete with India and China anymore, as evidenced by the "restructuring" of the California State University system.