Port: 'Economic impact' is not why we support public universities
You know it’s time to kick off another legislative session when the North Dakota University System drops a report alleging billions of dollars in economic impacts from spending on the state’s institutions and from the spending of the students/faculty/workers at those universities.
The argument being, I guess, that the more we spend on higher education the more “economic impact” we get. It’s a handy political ploy from a bunch of academics who enjoy posturing themselves as though they’re above politics.
This session is no different. Yesterday the NDUS dropped a press release touting their latest study (conducted by two professors who work for North Dakota universities) claiming $5.3 billion in total economic impact.