By now, you have heard the news that the Connecticut General Assembly voted to cut funding for UConn by an alarming $300 million, or almost 30 percent over two years. This drastic measure would spell the beginning of the end of UConn’s prominence as the No. 18 public university in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
The cut would mean eliminating entire departments and degree programs, a pain that would hit us hard in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where we educate 90 percent of UConn’s undergraduates. Tuition hikes and decreases in financial aid would make UConn unaffordable to countless Connecticut families. Since the majority of UConn graduates stay in the state, the most critical economic engine we have will be turned off. And our regional campuses, home to so many place-bound students, would face closure.
In all, this move would cripple UConn and drive the leaders of tomorrow out of Connecticut.
We have had many calls from alumni, parents, and students wondering how they can get involved. I urge you to visit http://saveuconn.com to see how you can help.
This is truly a significant moment for higher education in our state. If the University of Connecticut is important to you, please speak out. We want to continue to give Connecticut’s young people the excellent education they deserve.
Davita Silfen Glasberg
Interim Dean, UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences