From Heidi Bamford, WNYLRC’s Outreach & Member Services Coordinator:
President Gary A. Olson of Daemen College recently published an article in the Huffington Post titled The Unintended Consequences of Free Tuition. The very thoughtful and insightful article from the leadership of one of our WNYLRC member institutions highlights the need for policy makers and government representatives to take a much broader look at the impact certain proposals may have on all parts of the education system. It also points out that conversations with academic institutions are critical in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the stakes involved.
WNYLRC feels that the libraries are also a critical part of the conversation since they are best positioned to assess and address literacy skills gaps in the student body. Without basic literacy skills, no amount of money will keep students enrolled in school or prepare them to be productive in the workforce. WNYLRC wishes Governor Cuomo would acknowledge the role libraries play in K-12 and higher education and that libraries are education too and critical for the development of information literacy. WNYLRC would have preferred his proposed budget reflected a strategy to strengthen the ability of libraries to do their jobs in service of education.
The Unintended Consequences of Free Tuition Proposals
01/25/2017 12:20 pm ET
Gary A. Olson President, Daemen College
Standing beside senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made national news when he announced this month the most recent in a growing number of free college tuition proposals. Coming on the heels of similar proposals by Sanders, presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Cuomo’s “Excelsior Scholarship Program” would provide… Read the rest on Huffington Post.