CFHE Response to President Obama’s August 22, 2013 Plan for Higher Education

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The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [http://futureofhighered.org/ ] is a loose association of the major faculty unions and faculty associations in the United States. These groups have come together several times each year to share information on issues affecting high education and to shape responses to those issues that emphasize the paramount importance of instruction. I encourage you to become more involved in this national advocacy group.

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A White House fact sheet released in support of President Obama’s plan notes that “declining state funding has been the biggest reason for rising tuition at public institutions.” Any plan to rescue college affordability simply must begin by addressing such harsh facts as these:

Between 2008 and 2013, state funding for higher education as a percentage of state personal income declined by 22.6%;

States have cut their annual investment in higher education by nearly half since 1980 (February 2013…

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