On the Issues
The California Faculty Association has released a report about the systemic underfunding of the California State University system and its impact on students and higher education in the state.
The report also analyzes race, class and college affordability, and finds that over the past 30 years, as the CSU has gotten increasingly more diverse, state funding for the university system has been on a steady decline. In other words, as the CSU got darker, funding got lighter.
A recent from the New America Foundation highlights one important way access to higher education is closing down for low-income students. Even after Pell grants are factored in, the net cost of college for many of these students is still rising at an unacceptable rate.
Factors driving this trend are evident in the recent history of Baylor University, an institution that has “rebranded” itself, improved its ranking in college ratings, and upped the average SAT score of its students.
Even though rising tuition seems the norm at many colleges and universities in the U.S., the idea of a free college degree is not just a pipe dream. As a recent piece from Consumer Reports points out, there are colleges in the US that charge no tuition and some that even provide free room and board for all students.
We believe that public education, from pre-K through grade 12 and into post-secondary education, is at the core of our democracy, and of ensuring affordable, quality higher education for all who pursue it. The nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education makes clear that the new administration has no such commitment.
Since its launch in May 2011, the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE) has worked to advance public policy and practice that provides affordable, quality higher education to all who seek it.
Although 50 years of research has shown that faculty/student interaction is crucial to student success, recent trends and newly-adopted practices in higher education actually decrease the possibilities for faculty to interact with students in the amounts and the ways that matter most.
Albany, NY – The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education’s 7th National Gathering has drawn nearly 100 faculty, student and organizational leaders to the Desmond Hotel this weekend, where the organization is holding panel discussions and workshops surrounding a theme of “Building Alliances for Access, Equity and Quality.”
The increasing problem of student debt is a main topic of the gathering, as is preserving affordable, quality higher education.