January 4, 2013

Budget & Finance

LA: More budget cuts planned for higher education
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) recommended $22 million in mid-year budget cuts to public higher education last month to fill the state’s $165 million budget deficit. According to one state lawmaker, Louisiana has reduced investment in public higher education by $425 million since 2008. 

WWLTV (Date posted: December 15, 2012)

NH: Higher ed funding a top priority for new governor
In her inaugural address, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) said one of her top priorities is restoring funding for public higher education. In the previous legislative session, lawmakers reduced higher education funding by 45 percent. Hassan called on the state’s public university system to admit more students, freeze tuition and voiced her support to an initiative aiming to double the number of STEM students who graduate by 2025. The University System of New Hampshire has already stated that they will freeze tuition and raise targets for STEM graduates if state aid is restored to 2011 levels. 

The Telegraph (Date posted: January 4, 2013)  


OR: In-state tuition for Oregon's undocumented students expected to pass
A broad coalition of Oregon immigration activists, along with state legislative leaders, said this week that legislation allowing Oregon's undocumented students to be eligible for resident tuition rates at the state's public colleges and universities is likely to pass in the upcoming legislative session. A similar bill that would have extended in-state tuition rates to undocumented students who have lived in the U.S. for five years and in Oregon for three years narrowly failed in the 2011 session. Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) has voiced support for tuition equity measures. 

The Oregonian (Date posted: January 3, 2013)  

VA: Lawmakers to consider state Dream Act
Virginia lawmakers will debate legislation this session that would extend in-state tuition status to undocumented students attending the state's public colleges and universities. To be eligible for the lower tuition rates, these students must attend a Virginia high school for at least three years and their family would have to pay income taxes. A similar bill failed in the 2012 session. 

WTVR (Date posted: December 21, 2012)   

Student Aid, Access & Affordability

CO: State higher education dept. calls for changes to need-based state aid allocation
The Colorado Department of Higher Education has proposed changing the state's distribution of $70 million in need-based state financial aid to align with the state's new retention and graduation goals. Under the new allocation model, eligible freshman would receive about $600, which would increase by $200 each year. After the senior year, the amount would drop back to $600. Institutions have been encouraged, but not required, to adopt the new distribution model.  

Denver Post (Date posted: December 17, 2012)

National Reports

The Economic Benefit of Postsecondary Degrees: A State and National Level Analysis (View Report)
State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
This report examines national trends in terms of median income and wage premium associated with different college disciplines and degree levels. It also provides state-level data on the wage premiums associated with degree attainment levels across seven broad discipline categories.

College Funding in Context: Understanding the Differences in Higher Education Appropriations Across the States (View Website) (View Report)
This report explores a broad array of circumstances behind budgetary decisions for higher education. It argues that a range of economic, political and cultural factors can influence state support for higher education. 


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