Inside Higher Ed
October 27th, 2014
When they are being pounded for having raised their students'
tuition, public college leaders are quick in turn to point the finger at
legislators and governors in their states, whose cuts in financing for higher education are overwhelmingly responsible for the tuition increases.
A new report from the Center for American Progress
details -- on a state-by-state basis -- the extent to which
recession-driven reductions in public college financing since 2008 have
sent tuitions soaring, and how disproportionately low- and middle-income
students and the institutions that serve them have been affected.
And the report cites that evidence in arguing for a new partnership
in which the federal government would -- with investments of its own --
encourage states to spend more of their own funds to boost college-going
and graduation, particularly by those traditionally underserved by