Dear Commons Community,
Please save the date for a conference on Defending Public Higher Education that will be held at the Graduate Center on October 7, 2011. Over the course of the past three decades investment in public higher education has declined dramatically. Most American public university systems, such as California, Wisconsin, and Illinois, have experienced serious reductions in their state funding requiring dramatic cutbacks in academic programs and services they provide to their students. Here at the City University of New York (CUNY), we have gone from a tuition-free system as late as 1976 to one that receives over 45% of its operating budget from student fees and tuition. Based on the latest budget negotiations in New York State, it is likely that there will be tuition increases in each of the next five years. We will be discussing these and other issues at this conference.
Further details including registration information are available at the Conference Website.