January 11, 2013

Budget & Finance
CA: Gov. Brown’s budget plan boosts funding for public higher education
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced Thursday that the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) will each receive a $125 million funding increase for core instructional programming in his state budget proposal. This would amount to a 7 percent increase for UC and 5 percent increase for CSU. The plan also calls for a $197 million funding infusion for the state's community colleges. Brown’s budget plan will be considered by state lawmakers later this year.
The Oakland Tribune (Date posted: January 10, 2013)
GA: Gov. Deal seeks more funding for HOPE scholarship
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) said Wednesday that his state budget proposal will boost funding for the state’s popular, merit-based HOPE scholarship by 3 percent, or $13.9 million. Strong lottery sales have provided Georgia with $55 million more for HOPE scholarships and pre-K programs. 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Date posted: January 9, 2013)

NE: Governor, public colleges agree to affordability compact
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) and public university leaders unveiled a compact this week aimed at making public higher education in the state more affordable. Under the terms of the agreement, Heineman’s two-year budget blueprint boosts funding for the University of Nebraska from the current level of $498 million to $541 million by fiscal year 2015. The budget for the Nebraska State College System will increase from $45.5 million to $49.6 million by fiscal year 2015. If state lawmakers agree to these funding levels, the colleges will freeze tuition for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. 
Omaha Journal-World (Date posted: January 8, 2013)
WA: Public university presidents seek tuition deal
This week Washington’s six public university presidents offered a plan to freeze tuition for the next two years in exchange for a $225 million increase in state funding. Public universities in the state are currently funded at 1989-91 levels, but the funding boost would bring them back to 2009 levels. 
The Associated Press (Date posted: January 9, 2013)

Campus Safety

IN: Bill would allow guns on campus
An Indiana state lawmaker introduced a bill this week that would prohibit the state’s public colleges from regulating the transportation or possession of firearms, ammunition or firearm accessories, which would essentially allow firearms to be carried on public college campuses. A state legislative leader said the bill faces an “uncertain future” and has sent it to a committee. Similar legislation has been introduced in other states. 
Indianapolis Star (Date posted: January 7, 2013)

US: Op-ed: Protecting the Firearms Firewall on College Campuses
Daniel Hurley of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) argues in this commentary that strong efforts should continue to be put forth to resist state legislative efforts to force public colleges and universities to allow guns on campus. Allowing guns on campus, he concludes, will increase campus safety risks and is antithetical to promoting an environment conducive to learning. He calls for working toward collaborative solutions on state gun policies that collectively promote our individual security, Constitutional rights and collective safety. 

Huffington Post (Date posted: January 9, 2013)


GA: Regents approve campus mergers
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia officially merged eight public colleges into four this week. No campuses will close, but the mergers are expected to save about $6 million through reduced administrative costs. The savings will be transferred into academic programming.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Date posted: January 8, 2013)
Student Aid, Access & Affordability
MD: Governor calls on colleges to use technology to boost college graduation rate
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) called on the state’s higher education leaders to leverage technology, including online courses and course redesign, to improve the state’s college graduation rate. O’Malley has called for 55 percent of Maryland’s adults to have a college degree or advanced certification by 2025. Currently, 45 percent of Maryland adults have such credentials.
Baltimore Sun (Date posted: January 8, 2013)
National Reports:
Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2013 (Report)
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
This report outlines the 10 leading state policy issues under consideration in 2013. This was informed by an environmental scan of the economic, political and policy landscape surrounding public higher education, as well as a review of recent state policy activities and trends. 
How Much Protection Does a College Degree Afford ? (Report) (Related Story)
The Pew Charitable Trusts
This report concludes that job and income loss during the recession was worse for young adults without college degrees.
Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates 
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Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
This report offers projections of national and state-level numbers of high school graduates, including breakdowns by race and ethnicity.
State Report:
Indiana: Making the Case: How Hoosiers Can Get More for Their Higher Education Dollars (Report)
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
This brief document outlines how Indiana can improve its return on higher education investment. 


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