Monday, February 16, 2009

The Chamber speaks on postsecondary

Dave Atkisson of the Chamber of Commerce writes in today's C-J on Kentucky's need to push forward even in hard times. One sentence caught my eye:
Our recent emphasis has been on higher education, particularly the areas of greater affordability for students and improved productivity by our colleges and universities.
Kentucky rarely spends more than the national average on anything, but higher education is the exception: we spend more per pupil from families and more per pupil from the state treasury. The Chamber's 2007 postsecondary report argued that our state investment should yield lower family costs and higher degree production, and it's good to see the issue raised again.

1 comment:

  1. It seems ironic that we spend more on higher education than K-12. If students aren't adequately prepared to attend college, it doesn't matter how much money we spend because either students can't get in college or aren't adequately prepared.

    Wouldn't it make sense to spend more on K-12 to make sure our students have the best basic education and have the ability to succeed in institutions of higher learning?

    In your assessment, what do we have to show for being above the national average in spending on higher ed? It's not a higher percent of the population that has a degree.


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