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Faculty Speak Out: Congress takes up debate over cuts to student financial aid at a devastating moment
The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education held a national meeting last weekend in Michigan, where it discussed action plans to save the nation’s system of higher education for future generations.
CFHE adopted the following statement on federal student financial aid:
Demand for college is at an all-time high and student debt has reached a devastating one trillion dollars. Despite this, Congress is debating whether to cut student aid.
Most of the faculty on American college and university campuses are contingent employees, working in conditions very different from the image of academic professional life that informs contemporary discussions of higher education policy. This report describes the findings of a recent survey of contingent faculty in the United States, focusing on the working conditions imposed upon contingent faculty and the\ ways those conditions impact students and the quality of the education they receive.
Across our nation, community colleges are closing their doors, deferring the dreams of more than 400,000 prospective students. It is a retreat from America’s commitment to expand college access and success happening, ironically, at the very moment that our nation’s leaders say we need more, not fewer, people with post-secondary education. It is a retreat that threatens our nation’s future.