The system for financing public higher education is broken -- and not just because of the recession, according to James C. Garland. Having served 10 years as president of Miami University of Ohio, from which he retired in 2006, and 26 years as a professor and administrator at Ohio State University, Garland spent his career in public higher education. And that left him convinced that the sector is absolutely essential -- and operating under many of the wrong incentives.
ORLANDO -- The public college lobbyists and other officials who attended the Higher Education Government Relations Conference here last week heard a steady barrage of downbeat news: Climbing national unemployment figures, tumbling state revenues, and the scary prospect of the funding “cliff” when the economic stimulus money the federal government sent to states to protect education programs runs out.
Public college systems in Maryland, Kentucky and New York increase admissions requirements or placement thresholds for credit-bearing courses in mathematics, a subject in which many entering college students are ill prepared.