Berkeley's Newspaper | The Daily CalifornianBy Christine Tyler. The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities touted the benefits of public education and called for increases in state appropriations for higher education in a report released Tuesday.
While enrollment in public universities has increased by 23 percent since 2000, state appropriations have remained constant, prompting universities across the nation to look to belt-tightening strategies, according to the report.
“Budget cuts have had a big effect on our education, specifically class offerings, making it hard to get the classes we want and graduate on time,” said UC Berkeley student Johnny Garcia Vasquez.
Among the 17 states suffering the largest cuts, per student funding has fallen by almost 20 percent in the past five years, according to the report. Read more...