Friday, January 7, 2011

How Do We Fund Higher Education?

If you ask recently appointed chair of the House Higher Education Subcommittee, North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx, about how we should fund higher education, she would say that it shouldn’t be publicly funded.

“If it can’t prove the worth of a program, then it needs to examine itself,” Foxx told the Chronicle of Higher Education. “Wherever taxpayer dollars are being spent, there has to be accountability.”

This view on education is actually a surprise for me. How can someone who actual received her education credentials, taught English and sociology before leaving the classroom for a career as a college administrator and then eventually head of a community college suddenly sweep the problems concerning education under the rug?

In 2009, Foxx was known for making other extremely shocking comments. “I don’t think the measure of success of a community college is always graduation. Many times, all people need to learn is a skill and perhaps get certification in an area.” Come on, really Virginia?

Foxx also opposes to student loan reform, which the Obama administration passed last year and is obviously not on board for Obama’s plan for community colleges to produce five million more graduates with degrees or certificates by 2020.

This woman is in love with for-profit colleges, has denied in the past that Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was killed in 1998, was the victim of a hate crime, and sometime between years of encouraging students to graduate and become successful individuals and not caring if the generation of tomorrow knows how to read, she apparently lost her mind and only thought about money.

But now that we have entered into a world where a college education is the key for survival, a semi-non-profit view on the way we fund and provide higher education for the masses should be looked into. Educating the future leaders of America will only help in the long run.

1 comment:

  1. Obviously Rep. Foxx is allowing politics to get in the way of common sense. Education requires much public funding. Too many people leave college with more debt than they can repay. Degree or not college is too expensive. I do believe that all degrees don't require 4 years of courses. Thats part of the expense issue as well.


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