Times are changing for American higher education.
According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers group, state governments nationwide committed $29.1 billion to their colleges and universities in 1985 â€“â€“ a number that increased to $88.9 billion in 2008. But after that year, an economic recession hit and dramatically reduced the governmentâ€™s ability to fund higher education.
Since then, tuition, state support and the financial future of colleges and universities in the U.S. have all changed. Talk to any CSU student on the Lory Student Center Plaza â€“â€“ or the parent paying his or her bill â€“â€“ and they know theyâ€™re paying more money for less education.
So if youâ€™re one of the many who looks at the higher education situation around them and asks, â€œWhat the f***?â€ be sure to read â€œWhat the Buck?â€ every other week in the Collegian, where we ask â€“â€“ and answer â€“â€“ the same question.