The President of the Association of American Universities argues that aggressive action is needed by many sectors of society—state and federal governments, the private sector, and universities themselves—to ensure the long-term financial resilience of our public institutions of higher learning.
Laura Fornash is the executive assistant to the president of the University of Virginia, where she is responsible for state governmental relations. Previously, Fornash served as secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia, as Virginia deputy secretary of education, and as executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and Investment. [...]
Virginia’s constitution designates the General Assembly as responsible for creating and maintaining a high quality, free education for students (“Funding Virginia’s Schools in a Global Economy and in a Digital World,” 2). As such, it must decide the amount of funding necessary to ensure a high-quality public education for students and also determine what the [...]