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+ Two of the Daily’s top stories today are that the Law School has
restricted access to its Reading Room for undergrads, and that the
Museum of Art received a significant grant. This is more boring than
my high school’s morning announcements.
+ Rick Snyder believes that Michigan universities are “overproducing”
graduates. Yeah, the problem is definitely too many well-educated
people, not a lack of job creation. Although, in a sense he’s right:
if UofM hadn’t graduated him we would be better off.
Over the past few months, AcaDems, our committee on education policy, has been working on a policy proposal for how to fully fund higher education. On Tuesday, they will head up to Lansing to show this proposal to our legislators and encourage them to stop the cuts to higher education.
The full report is now online (you can read it here). For more information about AcaDems, email co-chair Zach Martin (zamartin @ umich.edu) and Amanda Caldwell (ahcaldwe @ umich.edu).
Thank god for independent boards of regents.Â But a few malicious and bizarrely sex-a-phobic Georgia state legislators plan on slashing university funding unless their universities cancel classes like “Sexuality and Society” and “Queer Theory” and fire the professors who teach them.Â What’s bizarre here is not that these legislators have an unatural fear of sexual activity and sexual minorities – that’s all too common.Â What’s bizarre is that the legislators refuse to allow students to learn that such people and behaviors exist even if they, in their infinite backwater wisdom don’t approve of them.
Fortunately for us, there is barely any state funding left for Michigan to cut.
Fallout continues from the Governor’s budget betrayal.Â Wait for the same things to happen at U-M.
Budget proposal fallout: MSU board warns of tuition hikes
The governor’s new budget cuts funding for state universities by 3% and then she has the audacity to demand that states freeze tuition.Â Yes this is a time of recession, yes everything has to be cut.Â But the general budget has been cut by 1.5% while funding for state universities has been cut 3%, double the cuts to everything else.Â That’s 3% out of an education budget that is already the nation’s most pathetic.Â And after decades of betrayal by Lansing, higher education is now once again the first thing on the state chopping-block.Â And don’t tell me Michigan has to spend so little on education because it has been mired in a recession for years.Â First of all, that’s all the more reason that we need to educate our next generation, but second of all, Michigan is still far from the poorest state in the country.Â We rank 35th out of the 50 states by GDP per capita.Â State universities have had no choice but to increase tuition as state funding has plummeted.Â If the state continues to abandon universities, those universities have no choice but to raise their own funds.
Update: Other programs weren’t cut at all.Â It looks like this is just a matter of misplaced priorities.
With the economic situation, nearly every state is facing a deficit as tax revenue decreases while demand for state services increases.Â And since states are bound by balanced-budget amendments, they don’t have the same leeway to adjust to the economic times that the federal government does.Â Taxes must be raised.Â Services must be cut.Â And here in Michigan, like throughout the country, it’s students’ necks who are on the chopping block yet again. (more…)
It seems that every day brings a new sign of the state legislature’s mind-boggling betrayal of education.Â No-one needs to hear over again the economic statistics about why education is the only way to get the economy back on track.Â I just wanted to bring up another stat.Â Michigan gets an “F” in a new report out today on college affordability.Â So do 48 other states though, so there’s really no news story there (except that this entire country has turned its back on education, but that’s not news at this point.)Â What I found stunning, was this statistic: (more…)