Okay so I'm thinking that these budget cuts might reduce the number of graduate students many of these universities can take. And as a result, they might make graduate admissions at these universities more competitive. I'm considering applying to the universities with less stringent budget cuts - not only because they might make graduate admissions more competitive, but also because they might decrease the quality of the graduate student experience too. Do I have a valid concern in this?
geshi wrote:Another solution is to focus on private schools as less of their money comes from the government than public schools. That can lead to other problems (e.g. a lot of private schools that have PhD programs have smaller graduate departments - but not all do).
I'd also agree with everything HappyQuark said.
InquilineKea wrote:Ah yes, these are all good replies.
Hm, it seems that some schools could be particularly hard-hit. See Wisconsin for example (http://www.alternet.org/news/150067/wor ... rom_speech). I know the source is biased, but the deep cuts are undeniable
But Penn State has never faced a cut as severe as the one Corbett proposed, said Spanier, calling it the most dramatic appropriation cut in the history of U.S. higher education.
This year the school received $330 million from the state and had requested $360 million next year; Corbett proposed $165 million. That figure stunned university officials, Spanier said.
t2kburl wrote:A major factor in my decision to decline my offers from the Wisconsin schools was the budget issues. UW-Madison ECE told me I should be prepared to pay my own way (which I'm not) and the news projects 10% or more increases tuition. No thanks. Great school, but I'm in enough debt already!
The US Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown last week by passing a continuing resolution to fund federal activities until 18 March. But the two-week reprieve is prolonging scientists' anxiety over the final 2011 budget that may emerge from negotiations between the Republican-majority House and the Democrat-majority Senate. The delay is also raising fears about how drastic the cuts to science might be.
"It's a time of great uncertainty and the [scientific] community is very concerned," says John Marburger, vice-president for research at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. At his university, researchers continue to put in proposals for federal funding, but they worry that a tighter budget will reduce success rates. Marburger, who was science adviser to former president George W. Bush, has spoken out against the cuts proposed by House Republicans. Postdocs and graduate students, who, he estimates, make up 80% of researchers supported by federal grants, will be hit hardest. "It will put people out on the streets."
College administrators say they've mitigated impacts by cutting support services, paring back administrators, eliminating low-enrollment programs, dropping teaching assistants and reorganizing departments.
InquilineKea wrote:Even though TAs are still needed, though, budget cuts are also cutting the number of TAs.
I've actually had a number of classes where they couldn't afford a TA so a professor had to do the grading.
TA's will be cut, but physics programs won't die out. They're so small in the first place, and cost so little to keep running (once setup) that they aren't good targets for budget cuts. Maybe some upper-level classes will lose their TA's, but the average freshman physics class can't manage with less instructional time already budgeted. My impression is most TA's work in a freshman physics class, grading papers for med school students who need the class for the MCATS.
InquilineKea wrote:TA's will be cut, but physics programs won't die out. They're so small in the first place, and cost so little to keep running (once setup) that they aren't good targets for budget cuts. Maybe some upper-level classes will lose their TA's, but the average freshman physics class can't manage with less instructional time already budgeted. My impression is most TA's work in a freshman physics class, grading papers for med school students who need the class for the MCATS.
It really varies from school to school. My school has a lot of tutorial sections for their freshman level physics classes (it's also one of the only schools that has a physics education group) - and that's an area where they could afford to cut out TAs (and potentially, the number of students they could admit).
InquilineKea wrote:Ughh, does anyone think that a federal budget shutdown could really affect things? =/
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