Monday, May 11, 2015

Students succeed when Oregon reinvests in higher ed

Statesman Journal
May 6th, 2015

After years of disinvestment in higher education, Oregon’s economic recovery has finally made it possible to boost state funding for our universities. But it turns out that apportioning the gain from reinvestment can be even more challenging than rationing the pain of disinvestment.
So it appears from the comments by Portland State University Professor Ramin Farahmandpur in his April 28 guest opinion, “Failed legacy: Outcomes-based funding.” And so it will be if we fail to recognize that the way the state finances higher education, in both good budget periods and bad, has been unconnected to the needs of our students and unresponsive to the best efforts of our universities.

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