Countering Austerity Policies at Public Universities

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Pounding on the temporarily-closed gates of the student administrative center, college students, faculty and staff of the California State University system protest state budget cuts, 4/13/2011.

Michael Fabricant, professor of social work at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Stephen Brier, a professor of urban education and the coordinator of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy program at the CUNY Graduate Center, look at how government austerity policies, which have been in effect the 1980s, have severely reduced public investment in higher education. Their new book, Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education, reveals how these policies exacerbate inequality among poor and working-class students, as well as part-time faculty.