Wednesday, April 15, 2015

University students push subcommittee for $755 million

Statesman Journal
April 15th, 2015


College students from every corner of the state — many of them wearing waterproof ponchos to "Stop the downpour of student debt" — filled a hearing room Tuesday at the Oregon State Capitol to advocate for higher education funding.
Students have been rallying all session long for increased state funding: $755 million for universities and $550 million for community colleges.
Tuesday's hearing was held by the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education regarding funding appropriation for universities, specifically HB 5024, which distributes money from the general fund to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
The commission is a volunteer board of volunteers that advises the governor, legislature and Oregon Education Investment Board on higher education policy. It makes biennial budget recommendations, funding allocations to universities and community colleges and approves new academic programs, according to the commission's website.

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