Push for higher education stimulus

“Members of the US congress have been pressed by higher education lobbyists to include the maximum amount of funding possible for American scientific and research agencies from President Barak Obama’s economic stimulus package. In a united front, six US higher education organisations wrote to influential members of the House of Representatives and Senate as they negotiated the final text of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. They strongly urged the inclusion in the bill of US$6 billion in spending on higher education facilities. As well as the obvious effects on boosting excellence and learning, the six organisations said funding for ‘higher education “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects [would] both create and maintain jobs’…” (more)

[Keith Nuthall, University World News, 15 February]

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