Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oregon's abandonment of higher education: it's criminal (guest opinion)

October 28th, 2014

The Oregon Legislature should be declared a crime scene.
Oregon's state universities are increasingly that in name only. Because of the Legislature's calculated callousness or pure indifference in funding Oregon universities, young people across the state are facing soaring college loan debts and diminished opportunities for higher education.
The state is also sabotaging its goal of ensuring that 40 percent of all adult Oregonians have a bachelor's degree or higher by 2025 and undermining the rationale for the state having a say in the operations of what are still called public universities.
Gov. John Kitzhaber says he deserves to be re-elected because he froze tuition at Oregon colleges.
Sure, for one year.
In June, the state Board of Higher Education approved a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduates for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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