Public higher education has faced significant turning points over the last 70 years. The mid-century GI Bill that cemented higher education’s place as a public good and a private gain is one. Another is the transfer of research from declining corporate labs to university labs in the 1980s, to carry forward technology, health and quality of life innovations.
Now we face another critical turning point. We are gambling with our nation’s future by pricing its brightest young minds out of higher education. The divestment in public higher education has resulted in infinitely rising tuition and fees—far outpacing inflation—to prop up the nation’s public higher education system.