We are a group of teachers and scholars who believe that a robust and inclusive system of public higher education is a necessary foundation for building a democratic, equitable, healthy, and just society in which all people and communities can thrive. We therefore are calling upon the federal government to launch A New Deal for Higher Education.
Because a vibrant system of higher education promotes and reverberates to the public good, we recognize the duty of the federal government to enact the necessary legislation, regulatory reforms, and funding changes to initiate a New Deal for Higher Education as a bold and long-term reinvestment in higher educational institutions. Colleges and universities have been weakened from decades of ideological attack, privatization, and austerity politics, and their future is imperiled by the crisis prompted by Covid-19.
This is the time to refund, rebuild, and reform our system of public higher education so that it protects and advances the promise and well-being of students, academic laborers, and communities. Such a campaign requires the participation of all people involved in higher education, including adjunct, full-time, and tenure-track faculty, staff, service workers, students, community members, and regional agencies. This campaign has been endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) as well as dozens of unions and organizations and thousands of individuals across the country.
Eileen Boris (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Marisa Chappell (Oregon State University)
Karma Chavez (University of Texas, Austin)
Ian Gavigan (Rutgers University)
Adom Getachew (University of Chicago)
Heather Hewett (SUNY-New Paltz)
Lisa Levenstein (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
Aimee Loiselle (Central Connecticut State University)
Jennifer Miller (Dartmouth College)
Jennifer Mittelstadt (Rutgers University)
Annelise Orleck (Dartmouth College)
Jill Penn (Georgia Gwinnett College)
Colena Sesanker (Gateway Community College)
David Stein (University of California, Los Angeles)
Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Spelman College)
Gabriel Winant (University of Chicago)
Contact the Scholars for a New Deal for Higher Education by email.