States urged to reverse funding
A recent statement by the National Center for Public Policy and
Higher Education encourages state leaders to reverse the slide in
funding for public colleges and universities.
In the statement, entitled "Responding to the Crisis in College
Opportunity," the group points out that in 2003, many state
institutions of higher education took disproportionately large budget
cuts when compared to other areas of state spending.
These large cuts in higher education appropriations were the major
contributing factor to significant increases in tuition, and in
some cases, decreased access for students, the group says.
Now, as governors and legislators begin to determine priorities for the
upcoming state budget cycles, the group says state leaders have a responsibility
to recognize the long-term educational needs of the country.
"In 2004, however, governors and legislators are on the front line," the
group says. "While they must plan for long-term solutions, they must
devise short-term strategies that prevent the further erosion of college
the "Crisis in College Opportunity" website