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The ‘Public’ in Public College Could Be Endangered


Since the Great Recession, states have taken drastically different approaches to funding colleges. The pandemic poses an even bigger challenge.

One possible solution would be for Congress to give states immediate financial relief in exchange for strengthening their long-term financial commitment to public higher education. James Kvaal, president of the nonprofit Institute for College Access and Success and a former Obama White House official, said: “This time, states should be required to restore funding as their economies recover. Unless states do their share, whatever money Congress spends is just pushing on a wet noodle.”