FSD 19-27: Resolution for Increased Aid for Public Higher Education
June 13, 2020
Purdue University Northwest Faculty Senate
Discussion Date: June 5, 2020
Senate Action Date: June 5, 2020
Resolution for Increased Aid for Public Higher Education
On March 27, 2020, the Congressional CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act provided more than $2 trillion in economic stimulus to rescue essential industries, including cruise lines, airlines, and hotel chains, with some $14 billion earmarked for higher education.
The American Council on Education reports that a minimum of $50 billion is needed to keep public higher education from collapsing.
In the United States, higher education serves 12 million students and employs millions of faculty and staff. More than 250,000 students attend college in Indiana, thousands of faculty and staff provide essential educational services.
Public higher education is crucially “essential” to the functioning of a prosperous and democratic society, worthy of protection and support during and after the pandemic.
We urgently call on the State of Indiana and the U.S. Congress to allocate increased emergency state and federal funds to protect public higher education.