We all know the state budget is set to be slashed. We also know that means that everyone with a finger in the pie will be mobilizing to make sure they don’t feel the same pinch as everyone else. While I certainly understand the need for cutbacks, I really hate to see what will happen to the higher education budget. Yeah, part of that is because my paycheck (one of them) comes from that piece of the pie. But the other part is because I believe that higher education helps fuel the economy.
That’s a case that will be made another day, but for today, let me note that the making of such a case is all the more difficult with stories like this hitting the news. The short facts of the matter are that seven professors from Rowan University were reimbursed a total of $9400 to attend a conference in Iceland. It seems a bit sensational – and there may be something to see at the bottom – but it’s difficult to see what the real problem is without first understanding what may have been necessary.
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