Tuesday, July 21, 2015

David Sarasohn: A good session for higher education, but more work remains

July 18th, 2015

Even for a year that started with the Ducks getting drilled in the national championship game, 2015 has signs of a good year for Oregon higher education. With the overall 2015-2017 state budget up by 11 percent, state support for its universities went up by more than 22 percent and for community colleges by 18 percent, both numbers unseen for at least two decades. The Legislature also considerably increased funding for the state Opportunity Grants scholarship program and sizably funded higher ed construction. It's a major investment in Oregon's colleges and universities, the first actual cash-based support for the state's proclaimed 40-40-20 goal, a significant effort to slow our tuition levels from shooting upward like illegal fireworks.
It's enough to haul out the pompoms left from the championship game and give three cheers for the Legislature.

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