Monthly Archives: March 2011

Folbre discusses public higher ed funding on WGBY’s Connecting Point

Nancy Folbre

Nancy Folbre, UMass Amherst economics professor and author of Saving State U: Why We Must Fix Public Higher Education, was a guest on WGBY’s Connecting Point. She discusses the pressure that has been put on state universities, and in particular the University of Massachusetts, by the decreased amount of public funding. Decreased funding has led to tuition and fees increases, with another expected this year. Folbre feels that public higher education is now out of reach for many residents, which could negatively impact our economy. According to Folbre, a college education should not just be looked at as someone’s personal ticket to a better job; “there are many spillover benefits to the business community and the state and national economies.”