ABSTRACT

The Declaration describes the great value of education as promoting the “full development of the human personality” and “strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Over the decades since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the shifting demographics of the US population indicate that access to public higher education needs to be far more inclusive than it now is. Today, most educational analyses fail to mention this critical nexus of substantially decreased appropriations for US higher education over decades with causative factors that include: majority white conservative legislatures; significant backlash against much racial desegregation among white Americans; and greater student racial diversity. Due to the sharp decline in state appropriations principally from conservative legislatures over past decades, public colleges and universities have endured many very negative impacts. Legislative defunding and academic capitalism have often meant the decimation of important faculty positions through large budget cuts and the elimination of major academic programs.