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MONDAY BUZZ: State Support for Higher Education Continues to Fall

January 23, 2012


​State support for higher education declined again this year as enrollment on campuses across the country continued to rise, according to the annual Grapevine study by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University.

The study blames disinvestment on the state level—which has been an issue for the past two decades—on the slow recovery from the recession and the end of federal stimulus money.

Spending declined by approximately $6 billion, or nearly 8 percent, across nearly every state, resulting in larger class sizes, fewer course offerings, hiring freezes, merged academic departments and the use of more adjunct faculty.

Declines varied significantly in the 41 states that saw funding reductions, from 1 percent in North Carolina to 41 percent in New Hampshire. States with the highest reductions include Arizona, Wisconsin and Louisiana, which saw cuts of 20 percent or higher after federal stimulus money ended.

The Washington Post editorial board Friday called for a new model in state funding for higher education, writing that while colleges could be smarter about how they spend, “the challenges confronting public higher education go far beyond the savings that can be realized through efficiency.”

For more on the Grapevine study, see the following:

State Higher Education Spending on Decline in Face of Slow Recovery, End of Federal Stimulus
The Associated Press (The Huffington Post)

State Support for Colleges Falls 7.6% in 2012 Fiscal Year
The Chronicle of Higher Education

State Support Slumps Again
Inside Higher Ed

States Push Even Further to Cut Spending on Colleges
The Chronicle of Higher Education


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