From UB

Five presidents of U.S. colleges and universities today voiced heavy criticism of cuts in federal higher education programs being considered by Congress in the next week.

Over the past several months, the message has been hard to miss. University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann spoke in March on the value of access. Amherst College (Mass.) President Tony Marx talked about it in a February issue of Business Week.

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Swift and fundamental changes are coming to the world's colleges, universities, and schools.

Last year, Catie Lasley, age 29, became the first in her family to purchase a house. Throughout her childhood, her parents had always rented apartments. While attending college, she lived in a dorm. Even after she was married, she and her husband rented an apartment.

For the most part, the general public perceives major universities and small community colleges as traveling in different academic circles.

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