As lawmakers negotiate a final compromise state budget for the next two years, they will be focused on many issues, from taxes and K-12 education spending to social services and the rainy day fund. Critical as all these issues are, we urge legislators also pay close attention to higher-education budget issues.
Dark clouds are forming over America’s public universities as the Wall Street mindset spreads across more of our institutions. A decade of excessive spending based largely on unlimited student loans is looming dangerously over a major national asset.
North Shore Community College and Salem State University are partnering on a new program to encourage nurses and nursing students to earn their bachelor’s degree to better prepare them to meet the challenges and changing demands of the workplace.
A proposal to infuse the Hazlewood Act with cash to help universities fund tuition exemptions for veterans and their children passed the Texas Senate on Sunday night but has yet to get approval from the House.
A $2.7 billion state bond package to finance improvements at state colleges and universities, including a half-dozen institutions in North Texas, appeared all but dead on the final day of the legislative session, but senior lawmakers were making a frantic last-minute effort to rescue it.
Of the 440 classrooms at the University of Georgia, the average is used just 18.5 hours per 40-hour work week, and when used, just two-thirds of the seats are full, according to the study. That is a 31 percent utilization rate.