Forum Explores State Role in Higher Education

Posted: September 16, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

A forum on the future of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia will be held tomorrow from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D23. Two republicans–Del. Vincent Callahan, 34th District, and Del. James Dillard, 41st District–and two democrats–Sen. Charles Colgan, 29th District, and Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, 31st District–will take part in a panel discussion moderated by Michael McDonald, assistant professor of public and international affairs.

The forum will attempt to explore the state’s responsibility to support higher education financially and foster an open discussion about the concerns and issues surrounding the state’s budget cuts in higher education. Each panelist will be given time at the beginning of the session to state his or her views, and the audience will be given time to ask further questions or make comments to continue the discussion.

“We hope to bring many different dimensions into the debate and allow parties from both sides to learn and reflect on the issues,” says Don Boileau, Communication Department chair and committee member of the forum. “What is our obligation to parents and students? How high can tuition go? What can we do to ensure the future of our higher education institutions? These are some of the questions we will talk about.”

The forum is sponsored by the George Mason chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the George Mason Faculty Senate. It is open to all faculty and staff.

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