MEDIA ADVISORY: Event on decreasing NC college funding and affordability

WHO: Alexandra Sirota, North Carolina Justice Center; Dr. Jarvis Hall, North Carolina Central University; Jasmine Hicks, Young Invincibles; John Quinterno, Demos; U.S. Department of Education (tentative)

WHAT: Expert discussion of North Carolina’s and national higher education funding trends and the challenges they create for postsecondary access and completion. Presenters will discuss a brand new report, “The Great Cost Shift,” detailing the meaning of these policy choices for the millennial generation and share proposed solutions by young people.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 PM

WHERE: North Carolina Central University, Alfonso Elder Student Union, Corner of Fayetteville and Nelson Streets, Durham, NC 27707

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RALEIGH (April 2, 2012) – On Wednesday, April 4th, the North Carolina Justice Center, the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at NC Central University and the national public policy organization Demos will co-host a panel called “Shrinking Budgets, Growing Debt: Is College Still Affordable?” at North Carolina Central University.

This event will call attention to the fragile state of public funding for higher education in the state of North Carolina. Presenters from Demos will share data from the new report “The Great Cost Shift: How State Disinvestment is Undercutting the Future Middle Class,” which analyzes how students in states across the U.S. have been forced to shoulder an increasing share of the cost for attending public colleges and universities.

Other panelists from North Carolina, Alexandra Sirota of the NC Justice Center and Dr. Jarvis Hall of the Institute on Civic Engagement and Social Change at NC Central University, will share information about how these trends are playing out in the state and on campuses. The event will consider the impact of this cost shift on the economic prospects of young Americans, and present policy recommendations to promote fair and open access to the benefits of higher education.

Despite its long history of generous support for higher education, the state of North Carolina has not successfully kept pace with the rapidly increasing cost of attending college for its students. As costs rise and aid tightens, North Carolina risks losing the dynamic and creative economy that its higher education system has supported for decades.

Restoring the state’s historically strong support for higher education is a valuable opportunity to lead the nation in building tomorrow’s middle class. This event will assess how all parties, including students, families, lawmakers, and advocates, can work together to ensure that this opportunity is not missed.

Read "The Great Cost Shift" here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexandra Sirota, BTC Director, alexandra@ncjustice.org, (919) 861-1468; Lauren Strayer, Demos, lstrayer@demos.org, (212) 389-1413; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615.