Opinion: Budget impasse is already impacting higher ed—for the worse

At least 15 public universities in Virginia have raised tuition to partially meet the budget shortfall caused by the General Assembly’s budget inaction. Valuable programs are being reduced or compromised: Many public institutions in Virginia are cutting classes, freezing hiring, delaying contracts and laying off adjunct faculty.

Smaller academic programs, community outreach, and funding for undergraduate research are also being reduced or eliminated. Much-needed increases in pay for hourly wage earners are on the chopping block.

As a result, students, faculty and some of Virginia’s most valuable educational programs are paying the price.

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