- Posted February 17, 2010 by
Campus Mourns for Death of Higher Education
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
To raise awareness about Colorado being 50th in the nation for per-pupil funding for higher education, CU-Boulder students, faculty and staff came together for an on-campus mock funeral to give testimonies at noon on February 17th, 2010.
About one-hundred campus members gathered outside the student union center during lunchtime today. Testimonies varied as some students stated their high student debt, others discussed the harsh impact these cuts will have on people of color and first generation students, and a few talked about the impact cuts will have on college programs and majors. One staff member was even brave enough to mention the potential steps towards privatization that the CU Administration may be supportive of.
In just two and a half years, the higher education budget has been cut by over 50 percent. The full effect has yet to be felt due to federal stimulus money backfilling the $382 million that the state cut from higher education in the past year. However, only $89.2 million of ARRA is left for the upcoming fiscal year, starting July 1, when the state is going to have to fill an over $1 billion dollar hole.
While there was grief on today's chilly outdoor funeral, people left with a lingering hope with a call to action. Short-term and long-term solutions are being discussed. What mattered the most, however, today was for the average student to stand up and realize they can make a difference. The funeral ended with the chant" "Our right, our fight, education is a right!"