While the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified longstanding societal
inequities in America, public higher education was already in a
state of crisis, from the staggering costs of college, to the
lack of access and support for lower income students, Black,
indigenous, and people of color, the deteriorating, or clear lack
of infrastructure, the reciprocal increase in highly paid
administrative positions, and last but not least, decrease in
full-time tenure track positions.