Archive for April, 2011

My first strategy was broad funding , to get a general idea where people stand on the issue. The second strategy focused on the legal portion of the debate, what is covered in the constitution and the like. My new research strategy is to hone in on Colorado specifically. To get an idea on the population and the budget that we are dealing with. I would like to get a better idea of what the state legislature is dealing with before I go off and tell them how the way they are handling education funding is wrong. I have a good idea how things stand but some hard evidence will likely be good support. So I’m going to try to get some information on that so that I might be able to say why are we spending so much money on less important things such as XYZ and not higher ed.

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My early research, the first 6 artifacts I found, were found while looking for information proving a point I no longer support. As a matter of fact the information I found proved the exact opposite point I was trying to make. Originally I found information that I hoped would show that we are paying too much for education here at CSU. I found information from the Education Board, the United Nations, and various statements by the governor and other officials. Upon review they showed I was wrong. I already know where one of my new artifacts is going to come from. It is a letter sent to the campus by Tony Frank. The others will need to be about why additional funding is needed at Colorado State University.

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For my second set of artifacts my research strategy included Google and Bing. For my first article titled “Constitutional Provisions”, I typed the search term Amendment 23 into Google and I chose the first entry because it was the website for the Department of the Treasury of the Colorado Government on Colorado.gov. I felt that this site was very helpful in understanding what amendments have been passed regarding higher education.

For my second artifact I typed Colorado Higher Education Funding Cuts into Bing and clicked on the first entry, which turned out to be a very helpful online newspaper article that addressed what the government is continuing to do to higher education’s budget.

Finally, for my third artifact I once again used Google and typed Colorado State Funding into the search engine and found an article titled “Supporting Excellence: The Funding Challenge for Higher Education”. Even though this was the first entry it provided a very interesting look into the breakdown of CSU’s ideas regarding budget and its trends.

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Title of Artifact: “HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGETS AND THE GLOBAL RECESSION: Tracking Varied National Responses and Their Consequences”

Summary: This article was written by a Berkley professor, John Aubrey Douglass, on February 2010. The article explores how governments have reacted to the recession in cutting or funding higher education with a focus on California. It argues that states cutting funding to higher education will in the long run stunt economic growth particularly when the opposite should be happening. He makes comparisons to the rest of the world and the Great Depression.

Context: The Exigency of the piece is the recession and the being professor, cuts to funding will most likely result in a lower salary or even being fired for this guy. The piece was published through Berkley College so most likely is biased towards higher education. The target audience is probably the academic community, then college students, then government officials.

Evaluation: This will probably turn out to be a very useful source as it is arguing many of the same things as I am. It may however be biased towards increasing spending simply because it is from a higher education institution and by a higher education employee. Facts and statement will likely have to be cross referenced for context however it does provide some interesting statistics that will help build my argument nicely.

Title of Artifact: “Higher Education Funding Cut by $89 Billion Over 10 Years in Obama Budget” 

Summary: This article was written by a Bloomberg writer, John Lauerman, in February of 2011. The article talks about what President Obama’s proposed ten year plan means for higher education. It states that over the next ten years Obama’s plan will cut funding to higher education by $89 billion. It also talks about how they are planning to rearrange the way grants are given to students and how it will make it hard or impossible for some students to get two Pell grants in a year. It states this will most likely have the biggest impact with community colleges or vocational schools.

Context: The article was written for Bloomberg an economics magazine. The article was written at the time of the announcement. The audience was aimed towards those in the financial industry to update them on how the governments changing higher education will impact the market

Evaluation: This article will be useful in helping project the long term impact of Higher education. It also shows how affects of education can impact the world economically and how the government can actually improve the economy by increasing higher education funding.

Title of Artifact: State Funding for Higher Education in FY 2009 and FY 2010

Summary: This article was written by the National Conference of State Legislatures. It showed how federal funding has decreased since the start of the recession in 2007 and the subsequent compensatory tuition increases in schools across the states. This is quite interesting because it shows how the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act helped to fund school. This funding is running out this year as well. It also says specifically that Higher Education funding is something that most Officials view as discretionary funding.

Context: This was published by a National Conference for State legislatures and in light of the economic down turn was probably created to address the issue of higher education funding decreasing. There is no listed author which is a little fishy but the Nation Conference for State Legislatures is a legitimate agency.

Evaluation: The National Conference for State Legislatures is kind of a pandering group for state legislatures in Washington. The material it provides will be accurate, however likely to be very biased. The article argues in its way that the states aren’t to blame for the spending cuts but the federal government. Also it tries to say that Higher Education Spending can do fine on its own without State funding. It show a slight elitist attitude of officials towards those of low income trying to go to college which I will exploit in my argument.


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