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Students and faculty members from New York's public universities have called on state lawmakers to increase funding for higher education. 

Hundreds of students and dozens of employees gathered at New York's state Capitol Tuesday as the Legislature held a hearing on the state's investment in higher education.

In his $142 billion state budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for nearly $60 million in additional higher education spending and changes intended to make funding more dependent on performance than enrollment.

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A state committee addressing the rising costs of student loans held a hearing in western Massachusetts today.

A new report from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education points to a need to increase graduation rates at the state’s public colleges and universities.  It also warns these schools will soon fail to produce enough graduates to fill high- demand jobs.

The six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen at the state universities in Massachusetts is 50 percent, and that falls short of the graduation rates achieved by the leading state university systems in the country. 

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Members of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Higher Education are investigating student debt. They hope to make some recommendations on the complex issue of the cost of higher education and the burden it has become on many people.

On this edition of Vox Pop, Lynell Engelmyer - certified educational planner with over twenty years of experience in college admissions and financial aid - joins us to talk college financial planning and admissions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

When some students go to college this fall, they will do so at a campus surrounded by farms and fields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with colleges in rural areas, providing funding to keep them up to date and competitive with larger, urban-based institutions. U.S.D.A. Deputy Undersecretary Doug O’Brien was at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the town of Johnstown yesterday to dedicate a new residence hall at the school, Raiders Hall. It was built with the help of 11-point three million dollars from the U.S.D.A.

Over the last several months, concerns regarding our nation’s system of higher education have continued to escalate…concerns regarding cost, quality, rigor and, yes, even long-term value.  And, as we all know, the employment opportunities for recent graduates of our institutions of higher education, particularly those who have earned a baccalaureate degree, have decreased substantially, despite the fact that members of the nation’s high technology sector have stated that there are not sufficient numbers of U.S.