Kansas House and Senate budget committee members plan to visit the six state universities, a community college, and a technical college later this year. Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita thinks it’s a good idea for lawmakers to get an up-close look at these institutions.
The legislature cut $44 million from state aid to universities this year and next. Kansas schools have received less and less of their money from the state for many years. That means tuitions are raised so the schools can balance their budgets. And that makes it more and more difficult for Kansans to get a higher education.
Our state universities must be responsible for every dime they receive. But it looks to me as if more than a few Kansas lawmakers think higher education is populated by big-spending snobs.
Being cheap is not a good way to demonstrate the value of education in the Sunflower State. Some of us think education is a key to economic opportunity and prosperity for any citizen.
Our thought for today is from Malcolm Forbes:
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”