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ERIC Number: EJ882402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Breaking Bad Habits: Navigating the Financial Crisis
Jones, Dennis; Wellman, Jane
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v42 n3 p6-13 May-Jun 2010
The "Great Recession" of 2009 has brought an unprecedented level of financial chaos to public higher education in America. Programs are being reduced, furloughs and layoffs are widespread, class sizes are increasing, sections are being cut, and students can't get into classes needed for graduation. Reports of budget cuts in public institutions in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 percent are becoming common. Higher education has been through tough times before, but this recession is different. By 2011, the federal stimulus funds that have cushioned higher education against even deeper cuts or higher tuition increases will be spent down or in some states will be entirely gone. In this article, the authors offer suggestions about some practical steps that can be taken now and identify some of the more important contributing factors within government and institutions that have brought them to this sorry state of affairs. The purpose isn't to point the finger at state governments or institutions but to forestall the possibility of focusing on "solutions" that they think are non-starters. (Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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