Nov 162003
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

By:

Shandra Jordan, editor in chief

Colleen Buhrer, managing editor

Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor

Prisons, K-12 education, highways, Medicaid and higher education

– which one of these things is not like the other? The latter.

Higher education is the largest line item in the state budget that

is not protected by either Colorado’s constitution or other state

laws.

For two years in a row, CSU and other public universities have

seen double digit drops in state funding. Higher education has a

tough time raising tuition because of the Taxpayer’s Bill of

Rights. But when universities do increase tuition, students feel

the burden twice because for the two years, financial aid

diminishes right along with state dollars.

The situation is not going to be solved by raising tuition.

Tuition increase is only a means to an end, not the other way

around. The problem lies with higher education being a shooting

duck when the Joint Budget Committee is given the task of trimming

the state’s budget. We feel that our elected officials need to

evaluate Colorado’s priority with higher education. What message

does leaving higher education unprotected from budget cuts give

while we as a state protect highway construction and prison?

We protect K -12, but not higher education. Does that mean that

in Colorado, young people only need a high school diploma to get a

job?

This is only going to hurt the state, in the short and long run.

Raising tuition puts higher education out of reach for student from

poorer families, putting more and more young people into the

workforce without a degree.

We urge the state congress to solve this problem by protecting

higher education under the state constitution.

 

 

 

 

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