Governments in way-too-many states are destroying continuing education, the very activity necessary and essential for economic prosperity and productivity.
Here's how it is happening:
1.State governments in many states are defunding higher education, decreasing their support.
2.Higher education institutions, which have grown bloated with 1,000 percent tuition increase over the last several decades, has been stopped in its tracks regarding further tuition increases that exceed the rate of inflation.
3.Higher education institutions have not adjusted their cost structure to the 21st century; mainly by continuing to build hugely costly and wasteful buildings and not investing in either online technology nor faculty.
4.Now being pinched, higher education administrators are taking part of it out on continuing education, cutting continuing education marketing budgets, asking continuing education to produce more profit, and installing across-the-board cuts that unwisely and unproductively affect continuing education.
The resulting harm being done to our workforce is enormous. Our colleges and universities continue to earn, and deserve, the public's trust in providing higher quality learning than the get-rich for-profit sector. This is not the time to defund and destroy continuing education in our country, an essential part- - says a Nobel winning University of Chicago professor-- of economic prosperity.