Video: NJPP’s Brandon McKoy on Higher Ed Funding Cuts

New Jersey Policy Perspective policy analyst Brandon McKoy joined NJTV News’ Michael Aron last week to explain how New Jersey’s investment in public higher education has faded after the Great Recession.

The news segment coincided with a new 50-state report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which found that the funding decline nationwide has contributed to higher tuition and reduced quality as colleges have had to balance budgets by reducing faculty, limiting course offerings and in some cases, closing campuses.

McKoy told NJTV that the study found New Jersey certainly wasn’t alone in cutting back on higher education, and that the Garden State has in fact started to increase funding again – although very, very slightly.

“I think this is one of those news stories that is good just because we’ve stopped cutting, but it’s not where we need to be,” he said.