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State and local public colleges and universities educate more than 70 percent of the students enrolled in this country’s degree-granting institutions, according to the State Budget Task Force.  It is no surprise, then, that higher education allocations accounts for 10 percent of state total expenditures, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. Higher education budgets are attractive options for governors and lawmakers who need to cut down on their state's spending.

 

 

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    • HEADLINES: Kansas

      Kansas higher education funding gets new legislative scrutiny

      The Kansas City Star | November 4, 2013

      With income tax cuts squeezing revenues and the state facing the prospect of being ordered to spend hundreds of millions more on elementary and secondary schools, lawmakers are eyeballing colleges and universities.

    • HEADLINES: South Dakota

      Keeping a Federal Education Grant May Require Spending Even More Money

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | October 25, 2013

      South Dakota's education system and budget officials are learning that the federal government's involvement in local issues does not pay off - literally or figuratively.

    • HEADLINES: South Dakota

      State budget cuts for higher education boomerang

      The Capital Journal | by Bob Mercer | October 16, 2013

      Feds cut off grant that aids low-income students.

    • HEADLINES: North Carolina

      McCrory seeks to retool community college funding

      WRAL.com | by Gary D. Robertson | September 9, 2013

      Gov. Pat McCrory signed the state budget bill that contained a provision changing the base funding formula for the 58 colleges have used since 1999. McCrory recommended such a change in his own budget proposal, and legislative leaders essentially went along with it.

    • HEADLINES

      Sagging state funding jacks up college tuition

      USA Today | by Hadley Malcolm and Sean McMinn | September 5, 2013

      The start of a new school year is punctuated by what's become a new financial norm for public universities: massive cuts in state funding that lead to rising tuition, cuts in enrollment, sporadic class schedules and staff layoffs.

    • HEADLINES: Illinois

      Report: Bleak fiscal outlook for Illinois universities

      The State Journal-Register | August 29, 2013

      State funding for higher education has decreased over the past decade, and lawmakers' efforts to fix Illinois' pension crisis could mean universities have to pick up more of those costs.

    • HEADLINES: Louisiana

      LSU president, Regents chariman demand autonomy from state Legislature

      NOLA.com | by Quincy Hodges | August 22, 2013

      Higher education in Louisiana has become the sole source of balancing the state budget and that has to change, according to Louisiana Board of Regents Chairman Clinton "Bubba" Rasberry.

    • HEADLINES

      The 5 best and worst education stories for school year 2013-2014

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | August 21, 2013

      Summer is over for millions of teachers and students (and parents!) across the country. As classrooms and books are re-opened this fall, State Budget Solutions is here to teach a lesson on several education stories that will be talked about throughout the year. 

    • HEADLINES: Washington

      Tuition Freeze In Place At State Schools

      CBS Seattle | by Donna Gordon Blankinship | July 23, 2013

      The Washington state budget for the next two years provides a 14 percent increase for state colleges and universities along with preventing price hikes for one year for resident undergraduates at every state school.

    • HEADLINES: Ohio

      Governor's signature on Ohio budget does not mean the debate is over

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | July 22, 2013

      Ohio legislators might have gotten the state’s biennial budget to Governor John Kasich just before the fiscal new year, but that’s not the end of the budget story in Columbus. 


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    • RESEARCH: Tennessee

      2011 Tennessee Pork Report

      The Tennessee Center for Policy Rsearch and Citizens Against Government Waste | by Justin Owen, Christopher Butler, & Ryan Turbeville | December 2, 2011

      The sixth-annual Tennessee Pork Report is chock-full yet again, of waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement of taxpayer money by state and local government officials. Despite a changing political landscape in Tennessee, wasteful government spending has not disappeared.

    • RESEARCH

      The Inmates Running the Asylum?

      Center for College Affordability and Productivity | by Andrew Gillen, Daniel L. Bennett and Richard Vedder | February 8, 2011

      An evaluation of the current system of higher education accreditation as well as proposed reforms on all of the most important dimensions and demonstrates how public policies addressing one issue can create or exacerbate problems in others.

    • RESEARCH: Missouri

      Show Me

      The American Council of Trustees and Alumni | by A Report Card on Public Higher Education in Missouri | February 8, 2011

      In some cases, the institutions of higher education in Misouri are doing a great job; in others, not so well. The purpose of the report is not to be punitive, but to address ways higher education in Missouri can be more accountable and transparent. The report is designed to showcase information and data of interest to students, parents, alumni, and taxpayers.

    • RESEARCH: Minnesota

      At a Crossroads

      Are students learning the things they need to know? Is there a healthy exchange of ideas? Are trustees upholding the public trust? Are taxpayers getting a good value for their money? These are the kinds of questions to which the people of Minnesota deserve answers. It is the goal of this report card to provide answers and to help Minnesota—a state rightly known for its passion for education—be a national standard bearer for excellence, accountability, and efficiency in higher education.

    • RESEARCH

      A Report Card on Public Higher Education in Illinois

      At the most basic level, the course on which Illinois' public universities find themselves is unsustainable. Costs are rising too quickly, and quality is not high enough.

    • RESEARCH: Washington

      Higher Education in Washington

      Merely spending money is not enough - the question arises: is Washington getting good value for its public expenditures? Washington spends a lot on colleges, but relatively few of its citizens graduate from college. Moreover, the evidence suggests costs are rising rather significantly over time. Staffs are typically increasing faster than student enrollments. For all the concerns about inadequate state support heard from university leaders, the evidence shows Washington treats higher education more generously than most of its neighbors or other American states, while in some respects it may get less in results.

    • SOLUTIONS: Texas

      Texas poised to become national model for higher ed reform

      The Austin American-Statesman | by Thomas K. Lindsay | January 14, 2013

      Texas is well-placed to build on existing strengths relative to other states in the areas of tuition costs, student loan indebtedness and civic education requirements. Moreover, our legislators and universities have committed to increasing graduation rates, online learning opportunities and accountability in public higher education.

    • SOLUTIONS: North Dakota

      Moving Forward

      The North Dakota Policy Council | November 29, 2011

      A guide to needed reforms in pensions, taxes and higher education, among other areas, with  two types of goals that are important when working towards limiting government: long-term policy objectives that show the end-game goals and short-term policies that steer public policy towards the long-term goals. This guide provides both.

    • SOLUTIONS: Washington

      Top 10 Ideas to Cut Waste, Balance the Budget and Stimulate the Economy Without Raising Taxes

      The Freedom Foundation | by Amber Gunn | November 4, 2011

      Ten ideas to cut waste and balance the buget without raising taxes, including more efficient K-12 funding, spending high education tax dollars more wisely and rein in state employee salaries and benefits.

    • SOLUTIONS: Oregon

      Budget solution report offers 100 ideas

      The Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon | November 3, 2011

      In light of Oregon facing a budget crisis, the Taxpayer Foundation has issued a master list of budget balancing ideas that do not require raising taxes. These ideas have been collected from Oregon lawmakers, think tank groups, taxpayer organizations, unions, policy analysts, Democrats, Republicans and even ideas utilized in states across the nation.

    • SOLUTIONS: Oklahoma, Indiana

      Ten Budget Reforms for 2012

      Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs | by Jonathan Small | August 4, 2011

      Establish limited priorities for Oklahoma’s state government. Once limited priorities are set, everything else should be considered according to these priorities. The state currently has hundreds of agencies, boards, and commissions; it’s no wonder there is chronic overspending and regular “revenue shortfalls.”

    • SOLUTIONS

      10 Questions State Legislators Should Ask About Higher Education

      by Vicki Murray | January 28, 2011

      With shrinking budgets and growing demand for immediate solutions, lawmakers need to know what questions to ask and where to turn for fast, reliable information to make informed higher education policy decisions.

    • SOLUTIONS

      Performance Audit Tools for Higher Education

      by Harry Stille | January 28, 2011

      The time has come for openness and accountability in post-secondary education. The best way to achieve this is through performance audits, which look at all facets of an institution-from student input/outcome data to faculty process data to all aspects of financial data. This project is to develop areas of process for a Performance Audit Guide used to evaluate how public (and/or private) institutions use student, public, and donor funds to meet the institutions' primary missions.

    • SOLUTIONS

      25 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College

      January 28, 2011

      The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) identified 25 ways to reduce college costs and has produced an extensive book-length study to explore them.

    • SOLUTIONS

      State Investment in Universities: Rethinking the Impact on Economic Growth

      January 28, 2011

      This paper examines the broader economic studies that attempt to correlate expenditure with results. He finds that the results are not as favorable as they are often said to be, and he offers some explanations for why.

    • SOLUTIONS: New York

      Blueprint for a Better Budget

      April 9, 2010

      The document explains why and how New York state developed such massive budget deficits and identifies programmatic changes to begin closing the gaps, including privatization and competitive contracting, cost reductions and tax policy goals to promote economic growth.


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