Explaining State Spending on Higher Ed

New study tracks variables affecting appropriations for colleges and universities over a 20-year period.

State Funding Fortunes Start Falling

Colleges in Kentucky -- which has built a reputation of late for investing in ambitious higher education goals -- face dramatic proposed cuts in state spending. Telling of a trend?

Winners and Losers in a Funding Shift

Mississippi appropriations formula rewards increasing enrollments and programs, but some worry about how historically black colleges and other small institutions will fare.

Maintain State Spending. Or Else.

Policy makers lobby against a Higher Education Act provision that would withhold some federal funds from states that don't sustain college appropriations.

A Haven No Longer

Although Alabama legislators rebuffed attempts to toughen enforcement of for-profit colleges, state officials take string of actions to crack down on unaccredited colleges.

When State Oversight Ceases

Temporary law providing some measure of supervision of California's for-profit colleges expires. The search for a new regulatory system is still stalled.

States as Study Destinations

Hawaii is sunny and serious. Iowa has four seasons and is more diverse than you think. Recruiting messages for international students reflect states, not institutions.

What Works for the Needy

Analysis of which financial aid programs most help low-income students says that simplicity often trumps targeting and finds promise in aid tied to academic performance and support services.

Insult to Injury

Wounded already by budget cuts, 26 states are wrestling with midyear shortfalls that often require quick and undesirable solutions.

Tuition Tax Off the Table

As universities offer contributions to city, Pittsburgh's mayor drops plan that outraged students and higher ed leaders.


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