WASHINGTON -- Fuzzy math, Illinois State University's president called it. "Political theater of the worst sort," said the University of Washington's head.
President Barack Obama's new plan to force colleges and universities to contain tuition or face losing federal dollars is raising alarm among education leaders who worry about the threat of government overreach. Particularly sharp words came from the presidents of public universities; they're already frustrated by increasing state budget cuts.
The reality, said Illinois State's Al Bowman, is that simple changes cannot easily overcome deficits at many public schools.
Illinois has lowered public support for higher education by about one-third over the past decade when adjusted for inflation.
At Washington, President Mike Young, the former president at the University of Utah, said Obama showed he did not understand how the budgets of public universities work.