Across the nation, public colleges and universities are battling the effects of what President Obama has called “an economic crisis as deep and dire as any since the days of the Great Depression.” In many states, spending on higher education has been cut. Tuition increases have been imposed, placing greater demands on financial aid resources. Hiring freezes and/or personnel cuts have been implemented. Endowment values have dropped. And at many institutions, particularly community colleges, capacities and resources are strained by growing enrollments, as more people seek to retool skills, refashion careers, or gain some measure of job security.
"Challenges Facing Public Higher Education,"
Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: http://thekeep.eiu.edu/jcba/vol1/iss1/3