Friday, April 22, 2016

Universities must find alternative sources of funding in light of state budget cuts, University leaders and lawmakers say - CALEB WONG, Daily Texan

Institutions of higher education must work with each other and the public and private sectors to fund their programs in light of decreased state funding, said top higher education officials and lawmakers. Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hutchison (R-TX) and former University of California-Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau spoke at a press conference Wednesday before a closed-door meeting about higher education funding. “Historically, higher education funding has always come back after a recovery,” Birgeneau said. “This time, it has not.” The meeting comes after the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a report, known as the “Lincoln Project,” last Thursday, warning that state support for higher education has declined an average of 34 percent over the past decade.

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