AFL-CIO Executive Council Statement on Accessibility in Higher Education
If you don’t have time to read the whole thing – the first and last sentences say the vital points beautifully.
February 18, 2014
At the 2013 convention in Los Angeles, the AFL-CIO reaffirmed its historical commitment to increasing access to post-secondary education and alleviating the financial burden that now too often is part of that education. Accordingly, we call on federal and state policymakers to make post-secondary training and education more accessible by ending the trend of disinvestment and increasing funding for public higher education, especially community and technical colleges.
State funding for higher education is now at lower levels in the last quarter century. To make up for lost state funds, schools have raised the price of tuition fees by more than 1,000% since 1980. States have cut crucial student services such as tutoring and job placement, and has led to radical changes in the academic workforce. Colleges are increasingly relying on contingent faculty to do the bulk of teaching. Contingent faulty– who now comprise more than 70% of…
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