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Funding Higher Education: The Search for Possibilities

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education calls on America’s college & university faculty to join in the search for new ways to fund higher education

National Telephone News Briefing

Tuesday, February 12, 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern
Call (800) 553-0273  / Ask for “Campaign for the Future of Higher Education”

  • The three authors of working papers on new ways to fund higher education will explain their proposals and take questions from the news media, including campus reporters and education bloggers.
  • The briefing begins a drive by CFHE for faculty to step up our role in the search for new possibilities that will save access to higher education and strengthen our nation’s middle class.
  • The briefing takes place on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Lincoln signed the 1862 Morrill Act that initiated America’s public higher education system, starting with Land Grant Colleges. Today that system spans the nation but is on the road to elimination.

Comments by CFA President Lillian Taiz on Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education is working to bring fresh ideas into the conversation about higher education in the United States.

Those of us in this Campaign are the faculty in the trenches – teaching in the class rooms and doing the research alongside of America’s university students.

I’d like to welcome everyone to this call on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.


Papers explore new ways to fund higher education

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE) has begun a drive to involve our nation’s college and university faculty in the search for solutions to the seemingly unending cycle of funding cuts, privatization, soaring tuition and academic shut-downs.

On Tuesday, CFHE introduced three working papers with ideas on ways to fund higher education in America.

Announcement Inside Higher Ed

CHFE Comments on MOOC Mania

Susan Meisenhelder, the former president of the California Faculty Association and an active member of the faculty-led and MOOC-wary Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, said she is encouraged by what she sees as a slowing in pro-MOOC rhetoric.


Coverage of CHFE Working Paper on $ and Online Ed

Educators Wary of Tech Fixes for College Affordability Crisis

A new report by the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education warns that college administrators and politicians might be investing too much in corporate-controlled, data-driven online learning programs.


The “Promises” of Online Higher Education: Profits

Executive Summary

With so much national focus on the “promises” of online higher education to expand access and to reduce costs, one truth about online higher education rarely mentioned is that it is big—Very Big—business.   Understanding and assessing developments in online higher education require that we look at them not just through the lens of industry slogans—“innovation,” “expanded access,” and “reduced costs,” but also through the lens of corporate interest and influence.


The “Promises” of Online Higher Education: Access

Executive Summary

The “promise” that online learning will dramatically expand access to higher education is at the center of the recent push in the MOOC/Online movement.  This paper examines research that can help us answer a crucial question: do online courses provide meaningful access to quality higher education for underserved students, who are those most in need of expanded educational opportunities?