Both candidates in the Virginia governor’s race want to boost public spending on higher education to create a better-prepared workforce. But not everyone agrees that channeling public dollars to academia spurs economic success. Kojo looks at the debate over how to fund higher education in Virginia and across the nation in these financially perilous times.


  • Sandy Baum Senior Policy Analyst for the College Board; and Economics Professor, Skidmore College; also co-author of The College Board's "Trends in College Pricing" report and "Trends in Student Aid" report
  • Neal McCluskey Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute
  • Sara Hebel Politics Editor, Chronicle of Higher Education

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