In the last few months we have witnessed a number of political debates that have become part of the national discussion on issues such as healthcare, immigration, infrastructure, freedom of speech, the media and truth itself. What is the connection between these topics and higher education? It is much more obvious than you might think.
National progress – economic, social and individual – depends on winning these debates. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, large parts of the nation’s transportation system, as well as the public higher education system, have all been heavily funded by the federal government through taxation. The rationale for this funding is that all of these programs and institutions provide services for the common good. The government has developed legislation that set the parameters under which they operate and are funded.
Romero, A. 2017. The higher purpose of higher education is real. The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 5 September 2017, p. 3.