A recent article written by by Leandra Bernstein at KlewTv.com dives deep into the intricacies of how much money goes to colleges and where it all ends up.
Every year billions of taxpayer dollars help fund higher education. Under a March 21 executive order, President Donald Trump put colleges and universities on notice that those federal funds could be taken away if they fail to protect free speech on campus.
Campus Reform, a watchdog group associated with The Leadership Institute, broke down the numbers to look at how much money colleges get from the federal government and what could be at stake.
“We wanted to give a tool for the average Americans to be able to look up how much their school is getting from taxpayer funding and how much schools in their state were getting,” explained Cabot Phillips, the media director for CampusReform.org.
Users can flip through the interactive report to their state to see the institutions receiving the largest portion of federal research funds and then enter their college or alma mater into the search bar.
Overall, the federal government gave $40 billion to public and private universities for research and development in 2017, according to data from the National Science Foundation that Campus Reform used in its report.
The top five recipients of federal research and development dollars were Johns Hopkins, University of Washington Seattle, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Stanford and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
California, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and North Carolina were the states with the largest portion of federal research funding.
Those R&D funds or other higher education grants could potentially be withheld from universities under President Trump’s executive order to protect free and open debate on college campuses.
The executive order was aimed at protecting “free and open debate on college and university campuses” and followed several high profile incidents of colleges, including UC Berkley, Middlebury, canceling or rescheduling conservative speakers because of student protests. The protests have fueled complaints that higher education institutions were trying to silence and discourage conservatives.
Campus Reform has documented threats and attempts to shut down certain speakers as well as other incidents of universities defunding student groups or limiting campus political expression to “free speech zones.”
“All of those things serve to hurt the exchange of ideas on campus,” he said. “And if universities aren’t putting their foot down and protecting those First Amendment rights…I think it’s fair for them to potentially lose funding.”
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