Low energy prices are hurting the budgets in states that rely on a healthy demand for oil and gas. Those budget problems are trickling down to public universities.
The University of Wyoming in Laramie is dealing with a $41 million reduction in state funding over two years. In the University of Alaska system, $52 million in state support has been erased from its budget. These cuts are creating fundamental questions about the future of the institutions in states where students don’t have a lot of options for college.
Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti talks with Wyoming President Laurie Nichols and Jim Johnsen, president of the University of Alaska system.
This article was originally published on September 20, 2016.
This segment aired on September 20, 2016.