Higher Education

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: New Hampshire

      NH school officials: Can't trim any more from budgets

      The Nashua Telegraph | by Jake Berry | August 12, 2012

      The state is contributing less than 7 percent of the University of New Hampshire system's overall budget, which is the lowest rate in the country.

    • HEADLINES: California

      As Medi-Cal soars, higher education loses

      The San Francisco Chronicle | by Maura J. Casey | August 11, 2012

      College students could feel the pinch as states cut aid to higher education to expand health care.

    • HEADLINES: Georgia

      Less state money, lower enrollment will affect students

      The Atlanta Journal Constitution | by Laura Diamond | August 8, 2012

      Tuition and fees at some Georgia colleges have increased by 75 percent since 2008.

    • HEADLINES: Georgia

      More budget cuts ahead for state health care, universities

      The Atlanta Journal Constitution | by James Salzer | August 3, 2012

      Gov. Nathan Deal is making it clear that the era of state budget cutting isn't over, asking state agencies to find another $553 million in reductions through June 2014.

    • HEADLINES: Kentucky

      Recession, required spending has Kentucky budget in pickle

      The Louisville Courier-Journal | by Tom Loftus | July 23, 2012

      Kentucky's budget - once a barometer of the governor's and legislators' priorities - has become something far different in the past five years.


      Making college affordable: five ways that states, schools are trying to help

      The Christian Science Monitor | by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo | July 20, 2012

      "Now more than ever, public higher-education institutions and state officials will need to work together to improve access and performance while spending resources wisely and cutting costs," said Scott Pattison, executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers.

    • HEADLINES: Oklahoma

      Oklahoma higher education leaders concerned about shrinking state funding | by Silas Allen | July 9, 2012

      During the past two decades, public colleges and universities in Oklahoma have been receiving less and less of their funding from the state. Now, some higher education leaders worry shrinking state support could hamper Oklahoma's college completion goals.

    • HEADLINES: Pennsylvania

      Pa. state pension cost spike key in next budget

      The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | by Laura Olson and Karen Langley | July 8, 2012

      Pennsylvania's annual pension payments on benefits for public schoolteachers and state employees grew by more than $500 million this year. They're scheduled to increase by another $700 million next year.

    • HEADLINES: North Carolina

      Perdue budget veto brings uncertainty

      The Charlotte Observer | by Lynn Bonner | June 30, 2012

      Gov Bev Perdue's veto Friday of the proposed $20.2 billion state budget leaves schools, courts and college students on scholarships facing an uncertainty they haven't experienced in years.

    • HEADLINES: New Jersey

      Christie Trims Budget

      The Wall Street Journal | by Joseph De Avila | June 30, 2012

      As he approved the budget, Mr. Christie cut $361 million in spending proposed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature on programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, elderly medical services and higher-education programs. That money will instead go the state's reserves.

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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.


      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.


      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.”


      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.


      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.


      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.


      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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