December 14, 2012
Budget & Finance
GA: Commission approves performance-based funding formula
Georgia's Higher Education Funding Commission approved a new state funding formula for public colleges and universities Wednesday that will link state funding to improving student success and increasing the number of degrees or certificates awarded. The fiscal year 2015 allotment will provide a base funding level with funding for fiscal year 2016 dependent on institutional performance. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) will receive the final formula report before the end of the year. The change will not require legislative approval.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Date posted: December 12, 2012)
KS: Gov. Brownback's budget calls for 8 percent cut for higher ed
This week Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) budget office recommended an 8 percent budget reduction for public colleges and universities for the upcoming fiscal year. The most recent revenue estimates show Kansas with a $300 million revenue shortfall, mostly attributed to tax cuts approved by Brownback and state lawmakers earlier this year. Brownback will present his state budget plan to legislators early next year.
Lawrence Journal-World (Date posted: December 12, 2012)
KS: Editorial: Protect Kansas universities from harsh cuts
The editorial board of The Kansas City Star opposes Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's (R) plan to reduce funding to public colleges and universities. The editors argue that the state's economic future is tied to having a pool of smart, knowledgeable workers from a pipeline of strong state colleges and universities. They also believe that Gov. Brownback and state lawmakers "went overboard" with deep income tax cuts in the last legislative session that threaten funding for the state's public institutions. The universities, they conclude, have worked to become more efficient and Brownback and state lawmakers need to do their part by providing consistent funding.
The Kansas City Star (Date posted: December 12, 2012)
MO: Committee considers performance-based funding proposal
Missouri's Joint Committee on Education got its first look at a proposed funding framework (listed below) for the state's public colleges and universities. The draft framework was the result of testimony from hearings held around the state this year. Under the plan, the state would provide 35 percent of an institution’s operating costs, with 90 percent automatic funding and 10 percent tied to performance. Each of the state’s institutions would have to meet five performance measures. Lawmakers must finalize a formula by the end of 2013 in order to implement the formula in time for fiscal year 2015 appropriations.
Missourinet (Date posted: December 11, 2012)
ND: Governor’s budget proposal includes funding to match university donations
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple's (R) state budget blueprint includes $30 million for an “Education Challenge” where the state would match major private donations to public colleges and universities, giving $1 of state money for every $2 raised. In the plan, $10 million would be set aside for North Dakota State University, $10 million for the University of North Dakota and $10 million for the state’s regional public colleges and universities. The governor's budget will be considered in the upcoming legislative session.
The Jamestown Sun (Date posted: December 12, 2012)
UT: Education funding a top priority in budget plan
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s (R) $12.8 billion state budget plan anticipates more than $400 million in new money, with Gov. Herbert proposing to put an additional $297.6 million into the state's education systems, including public higher education. The governor said his budget would better align public, technical and higher education to achieve his goal of 66 percent of all Utahans earning a college degree or certificate by 2020. The governor’s budget will be presented to the legislature early next year.
Deseret News (Date posted: December 12, 2012)
LA: Board OKs consolidation of president, chancellor positions
Last week the Louisiana State University (LSU) Board of Supervisors approved the consolidation of the LSU system president and flagship campus chancellor position. The move was opposed by faculty leaders. LSU is currently conducting a national search to fill the position.
The Times-Picayune (Date posted: December 7, 2012)
WV: Commission approves five-year master plan, seeks public input
This week the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) approved a five-year draft master plan (listed below) with an emphasis on boosting degree production, expanding college access and working with stakeholders to achieve goals. The HEPC is currently seeking public feedback on the plan.
The Charleston Gazette (Date posted: December 13, 2012)
Student Aid, Access & Affordability
SD: Board considers changes to state scholarship program
The South Dakota Board of Regents weighed changes to the state's Opportunity Scholarship program Wednesday, including opening the program to home-schooled students and allowing students to use career readiness and technical coursework as a substitute for foreign language in order to qualify. The changes would also allow students who graduate early from high school to have access to the program.
Rapid City Journal (Date posted: December 11, 2012)
WI: UW caps out-of-state enrollment at 27.5 percent
The University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents have unanimously approved a cap on out-of-state enrollment at UW campuses. The cap would limit out-of-state undergraduate enrollment at 27.5 percent. The cap does not include Minnesota students attending Wisconsin schools under the reciprocity agreement.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Date posted: December 7, 2012)
The Economic Case for Higher Education (Webpage) (View Report) (Executive Summary)
U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Education
This report examines the current state of higher education in the U.S., including the economic benefits of investing in higher education, access to higher education, student financial aid and policy changes.
College Spending in a Turbulent Decade: Findings from the Delta Cost Project (View Report)
Delta Cost Project on Postsecondary Education Costs, Productivity and Accountability
This latest report from the Delta Cost Project details patterns and trends in institutional revenues, spending, subsidies, and outcomes for public and private nonprofit colleges between 2000 and 2010, with particular attention given to changes between 2009 and 2010.
The Fiscal Survey of the States (View Report) (View Press Release) (View Related News Story)
National Governors Association, National Association of State Budget Officers
This report argues slow economic recovery and uncertainty regarding the federal budget continue to threaten state budgets. While state budget outlooks are improving, many states remain below pre-recession levels.
Core Principles for Transforming Remedial Education: A Joint Statement (View Report) (Press Release)
Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas-Austin, Complete College America, Education Commission of the States, Jobs for the Future
This report uses the latest research to set forth a series of core principles intended to guide reform measures in remedial education and boost college completion.
A Small Percentage of Families Save in 529 Plans (View Report) (Highlights)
United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)
This report argues that 529 plans served only a small percentage of families in 2010 and tend to favor participation from wealthier households.
State Tax Revenues Showed Continued Yet Slow Growth in the Third Quarter of 2012 (View Report)
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
This report puts forth the preliminary tax data collections for the July-September quarter of 2012. While tax collection grew during this period, it was slower than predicted by state budget officials.
Missouri: Funding Higher Education in Missouri (View Report)
Joint Committee on Education
This is a proposed framework for performance-based higher education funding in Missouri that was considered by state lawmakers this week.
West Virginia: Leading the Way: Access. Success. Impact. 2013-2018 (View Press Release with attached Master Plan Draft)
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
This is the draft version of the state's five-year strategic plan for public higher education. The commission is currently seeking public input before implementation.