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ADVISORY: Feeling the Squeeze: CAP to Propose Action to Reverse the Decline in State Support for Higher Education
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ADVISORY: Feeling the Squeeze: CAP to Propose Action to Reverse the Decline in State Support for Higher Education

CAP to release new research detailing public disinvestment in higher education and resulting effect on low- and middle-income families and communities of color, along with a state-by-state interactive map

Washington, D.C. — Since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, state governments have slashed their direct investment in public colleges, a move that has resulted in devastating real-world effects on American families. As a result, these institutions of higher learning have increased their reliance on tuition paid by students and families—and in the states that cut funding the most, low- and middle-income families are feeling the greatest economic squeeze.

At an event on Monday, October 27, the Center for American Progress will discuss a proposal to revitalize the investment in public colleges and universities through the Public College Quality Compact, as introduced by CAP in a report earlier this year. New research, along with a state-by-state interactive map, will detail the retreating investment by states and call for new investment by the federal government that—coupled with state reinvestment—will create a more affordable and accessible system of public colleges. Panelists will also discuss the specific effects these cuts have on communities of color.

Following remarks by U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, a panel will discuss emerging approaches to state reinvestment in higher education that show promise for ensuring that an affordable college education remains a central tenant of the American dream.

Members of the media can RSVP here.

Bookmark this link to watch the live webcast.

Follow along on Twitter: @CAPHigherEd and #MiddleClassSqueeze

WHO:

Welcoming remarks:
David Bergeron, Vice President, Postsecondary Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Special remarks:
Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, U. S. Department of Education

Panelists:
Sarah Audelo, Policy Director, Generation Progress
David Baime, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of Community Colleges
Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, U. S. Department of Education
Ralph Wilcox, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President, University of South Florida

Moderator:
Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President, Policy, Center for American Progress

WHEN:
October 27, 2014, 9:30 a.m. ET – 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE:
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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For more information on this topic, contact Allison Preiss at 202.478.6331 or [email protected]