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CFHE’S NATIONAL GATHERING SPURS DISCUSSION, ACTION
More than 100 faculty, students and community leaders met in Los Angeles Jan. 16-18 to discuss ways privatization schemes in higher education are hurting universities nationwide.
During the eighth national gathering, members of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education called for 10 states, including California, to institute a student loan refinancing program mirroring one proposed by United University Professions in New York.
“By 2016, we’re hopeful that 10 states can adopt the UUP student loan refinancing program and loan forgiveness proposal for adjunct faculty,” said Jeffrey Kolnick, a Southern Minnesota University professor and CFHE participant. “This is an idea we can take action on and work to achieve in the next couple of years,” Kolnick said.
UUP’s plan proposes that State University of New York graduates with state or federal student loans as of Jan. 1, 2008 could refinance their debt, so long as they earn an associate or bachelor’s degree from a state-operated SUNY school.
- Click here to read more about the gathering.
- Click here to see a photos from CFHE’s 8th National Gathering.
CFHE: BUILDING ALLIANCES FOR ACCESS, EQUITY AND QUALITY
Student leaders from across the country discussed student debt, the cost of college and other issues facing students and public higher education during the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education’s Seventh National Gathering, held May 16-18 in Albany, NY.
The panel, titled “Barriers to Access and Equity: Student Debt,” included:
- Sophia Zaman, President and Maxwell Love, Vice President, United States Student Association
- Kevin Kang, Program Director, United We Dream
- Danielle Paris, Dream Defenders
- Aileen Sheil, Chair and Patrick Krug, Program Associate, New York Public Interest Research Group
- Rachel Storch, President, New Jersey United Students
- Kristal Raheem, Students for Quality Education
- Maggie Thompson, Director, Higher Ed Not Debt
Video courtesy of United University Professions.
ONLINE ED: TEACHING MILLIONS OR MAKING MILLIONS?
UPDATE: CFHE VIDEO IN THE NEWS
Since its release this spring, our video has been seen thousands of times and is garnering attention from the media, most recently on The Huffington Post. Click here to read the HuffPost blog.
Stories about the video also have been published by these media outlets:
ABOUT THE VIDEO
The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education released a new animated video, raising serious concerns about the claims and promises being made by the online education industry. In just a few minutes, you’ll get the real scoop on the hotly contested Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
The video was unveiled formally in front of hundreds of faculty at CFHE’s National Gathering in Albany, New York in May. Please help share it!
Want to learn more about CFHE’s research on MOOCs and the “promises” of online higher ed? Click here to read the reports.
NEW “ON THE ISSUES” POSTING — REINVESTING IN HIGHER ED: A LESSON FROM FOUR STATES
The dramatic increase in college tuition and fees over the past dozen years is justifiably big news. Few doubt that the massive disinvestment of public dollars is responsible for much of the rising cost of higher education, skyrocketing student loan debt, and the massive use of low wage contingent faculty. Read more here.
CFHE’S WORKING PAPERS
See a new series of working papers about “The ‘Promises’ of Online Education.” The papers “follow the money” to understand the role of profit in the current push to for online teaching, and explore the impact on opportunity for students to get a college degree.
The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education – CFHE for short – is a NEW GRASSROOTS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN to support quality higher education. It was initiated in Los Angeles, California, on May 17, 2011, by leaders of faculty organizations from 21 states.
The mission of this campaign is to ENSURE THAT AFFORDABLE QUALITY HIGHER EDUCATION is accessible to all sectors of our society in the coming decades. This is a time of great change in higher education.
To make sure that these changes are good for students and our country, we need to REFRAME THE CURRENT DEBATE to focus on quality higher education as an essential right for our democracy. Faculty, students and our communities, not just administrators, politicians, foundations and think tanks, need to have a voice to ensure that changes – in emphasis, curriculum, pricing, and structure – are good for our students and the quality of education they receive.
What is at stake is NOTHING LESS THAN OUR DEMOCRACY and our economic standing in the global economy.
The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education is organized around SEVEN CORE PRINCIPLES that must define quality higher education for the 21st century. We believe these principles provide a helpful framework for developing and assessing proposals for innovation or restructuring in the future.