In the “it could be worse” department, Inside Higher Ed links to two budget cutting stories of note. First, from philly.com comes “Under Pa. plan, state-system colleges could lose a third of their funding – after 2011′s 20 percent cut.” Here’s a quote:
Gov. Corbett promised “a thorough, public, and candid conversation” about the rising cost of higher education in announcing a budget that slashes state support to colleges for the second straight year.
The proposed cuts of up to 30 percent, on top of a nearly 20 percent reduction last year, are leading observers in Harrisburg and elsewhere to question whether a major shift is at hand: an effort to defund what some Republican legislators see as wasteful public universities in an era of shrinking resources.
“Do we need all these campuses?” State Sen. Jake Corman (R., Centre) asked Tuesday, promising that the Senate would examine the proliferation of satellite campuses.
300 college students bared it all below the ankle on Tuesday to prove a point — cuts to higher education play right into a stereotype.
The fresh faces of the next generation quickly learned the soles of their feet as they hit the cold concrete and then chilly Capitol marble floors can speak right to the ears of politicians. “If they’re going to keep cutting higher education, we’re going to fulfill our own stereotypes and we’re going to end up being the barefoot state everyone makes fun of,” says U of L student Olivia McMillen.