The Chronicle of Higher Education offers this take on the higher-ed angle of President Obama’s State of the Union address. It highlights an analogy Obama uses to defend his decision to spare education and research from budget cuts and a five-year freeze on discretionary spending:
“Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine,” he said. “It may feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you’ll feel the impact.”
You can also read the New York Times‘ take on Obama-as-college-counselor here. And you should be able to search Obama’s speech using key words with a new Times gizmo here.
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.