Kate Fawver’s Testimony at the U.S. Department of Education’s Hearing on President Obama’s Plan for Higher Education

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Good Morning: Thank you for holding this public forum. We are honored to have you on our campus.  My name is Kate Fawver and I am Professor and Chair of the Department of History here at CSU Dominguez Hills.  I come before you today speaking as faculty member and as a former student, who in 2003, graduated from the University of California Riverside with a PhD in History and $100,000 in student loans.  More than most, I recognize the enormous and immediate crisis in higher education – because I live there.

“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 report from Postsecondary Education Opportunity).  As a consequence, institutions have both increased tuition and diverted…

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