E.D. Hirsch, emeritus professor of education and humanities at the University of Virginia, is the author of numerous books, including the best-seller Cultural Literacy; his more recent work, The Knowledge Deficit; The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them; and a preschool through sixth-grade series beginning with What Your Preschooler Needs to Know. Hirsch is founder and chairman of the nonprofit Core Knowledge Foundation, which has helped reshape the curriculum in hundreds of schools around the country. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Education, and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the AFT’s 1997 QuEST award.
In this policy brief, four prominent scholars examine how public colleges and universities, after decades of underfunding, can cope with projected budget shortfalls brought on by the pandemic.