Magazine article Academe

AAUP Forms Task Force on State Budgets

Magazine article Academe

AAUP Forms Task Force on State Budgets

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The AAUP has appointed a Task Force on State Budget Issues to develop strategics to help AAUP state conferences and faculty confront the crisis in state budgets.

"We are in danger of denying the promise of higher education to those who can most benefit from it, and we are in danger of losing out to world competition by failing to cultivate the talent of all individuals who can contribute to our prosperity," says Joseph Losco, professor of political science at Ball State University and the chair of the new task force.

Diminishing state funding for higher education has created budget crises for colleges and universities in almost all states. The July-August issue of Academe focused on budget crises in higher education, and two reports published since that issue went to press further illustrate the situation. Although spending on student financial aid is increasing, it is not keeping pace with rising tuition, according to separate reports issued by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs.

Paying for College, issued in June by the education department, found that, while awards of need-based financial aid rose between 1990 and 2000, the cost of attending college rose even more, forcing students to rely increasingly on loans to pay for their education. The report shows increases in both the percentage of students receiving grants and the percentage taking out loans; the average dollar amount of grants awarded and funds borrowed also increased. …

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