Students and faculty march for more money for higher education – NBC Connecticut
Students, faculty and graduate students marched on the State Capitol on Friday to say they don’t want education funding sidelined and they don’t want to go into debt for the rest of their life.
“Our tuition fees continue to rise, but the resources we receive from the state remain the same, which is not fair,” said Nicole Elsinger, a student at Central Connecticut State University.
“Basically they want to cut funding for our faculty and ultimately that impacts students,” said Elsinger of Windsor Locks.
Gateway Community College professor Colena Sesanker said consolidations over the years have had an impact.
“The costs add up, our students pay those costs, not just in real dollars, but in discounted services,” Sesanker said.
“The money doesn’t come into the classrooms. The money is not getting to the students, ”she added.
She said that when teaching positions are vacant, they are not filled, but they hire administrators.
“This means our students are not getting the services they need, but we have a lot of people doing fancy things in the office,” Sesanker said.
Chikwon Loyd, a senior at Capital Community College, who is the first in his family to go to college, said the state should prioritize funding for education.
“We live in poor communities and without school I would just be out doing a lot of things that are not good for me,” Loyd said.
“The cost of a college education has become unaffordable in the state of Connecticut,” said Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly.
Kelly said there was a need to take a closer look at how Connecticut’s higher education institutions operate.
“We’ve invested a lot of money in higher education in the state of Connecticut, what’s most puzzling here is that it doesn’t go into the classroom,” Kelly said.
In a statement, Connecticut state colleges and universities said they have advocated strongly for increased funding and will not increase tuition fees next year.
“The changes in teaching over the last year going online have made people think we can teach a lot more students in a lot less time and it’s not efficient,” Ashley said. Robinson, UConn graduate student.