Lewis Diuguid

Higher education budget cuts will hurt Kansas

Anderson Hall on the campus of Kansas State University.
Anderson Hall on the campus of Kansas State University.

To be globally competitive, states should be doing more to get people to go to college, not less.

Yet, Kansas is headed in the wrong direction, cutting $35 million from the state’s higher education operating budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. That will hurt the six universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents, and community and technical colleges in addition to Washburn University, The Kansas City Star reports.

Many of these institutions of higher education are scrambling now to decide whether to raise tuition and what services to students can be cut. In this area, students at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College will feel the pinch. Families who send their kids to the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Washburn University will have to brace for higher costs and fewer services.

That’s in addition to interest on federal student loans possibly going up. It all works against more people being able to go to college.