February 1, 2013
Budget & Finance
LA: GRAD Act could hurt campuses
Louisiana's performance contract program, called the GRAD Act, was criticized last week as a number of campuses could fail to meet program benchmarks, such as higher student retention and graduation rates. Campuses that fail to meet GRAD Act goals are not allowed to increase tuition and can lose 15 percent of formula funding. Campus officials stated that deep state budget cuts leading to faculty layoffs and increased class sizes have made it difficult to boost institutional performance.
Shreveport Times (Date posted: January 23, 2013)
MO: Gov. Nixon calls for outcomes-based funding increase, other changes for state higher ed
This week Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) released a state budget blueprint calling for a $34 million, or 4 percent, funding increase for the state’s public colleges and universities. The new revenue will be available to campuses that meet performance standards. The governor also unveiled Western Governor’s University-Missouri, a nonprofit, online college provider that will offer postsecondary education opportunities for state residents.
KMOX (Date posted: January 28, 2013)
NC: Governor seeks college funding based on job placement
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said this week that he will pursue a funding system for the state’s community colleges and universities based on job placement, as opposed to enrollment. McCrory emphasized vocational education demands from the state's business community as a reason for the proposed policy change.
News-Observer (Date posted: January 29, 2013)
PA: Flat higher ed funding expected from governor's budget plan
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is expected to unveil a flat state funding levels for public higher education today, along with recommendations for reform in state postsecondary education. Corbett's budget plan will follow two years of deep budget cuts for Pennsylvania higher education.
The Patriot-News (Date posted: January 31, 2013)
TN: Gov. Haslam seeks $307 million in capital outlays for public higher ed
In his State of the State Address, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) called for more than $300 million in improvements to the state’s public colleges and universities. Haslam also made other requests, including $35.5 million to reward higher education institutions that improve graduation rates, $18.6 million to boost higher education salaries and $16.5 million to improve the state’s technology center. His budget plan fully funds the state's performance funding system and will allow for limited tuition increases. Haslam also announced Western Governor's University-Tennessee, a nonprofit, online college provider that will provide postsecondary education opportunities for state residents.
Associated Press (Date posted: January 29, 2013)
WY: House passes campus gun measure
The Wyoming House of Representatives passed a bill this week that will allow weapons permit holders to carry guns on college campuses, including at sporting events. The bill also allows permit holders to carry guns in elementary and secondary school facilities. Amendments added to the original bill will allow both concealed and open carry. More votes are expected on this policy proposal.
Billings Gazette (Date posted: January 30, 2013)
FL: State court rules on tuition-setting authority
The Florida Supreme Court ruled this week that the state legislature, not the Florida Board of Governors (BOG), has ultimate authority to set tuition levels at the state’s public colleges and universities. The suit was brought by former Gov. Bob Graham (D), who argued that a 2002 constitutional amendment creating the BOG allowed them to set tuition rates without interference from state lawmakers.
Miami Herald (Date posted: January 31, 2013)
IL: Trustees approve 1.7 percent tuition increase
Last week the University of Illinois (U of I) Board of Trustees passed a 1.7 percent tuition increase for the three U of I campuses, the smallest tuition increase in 18 years. Tuition levels for incoming freshman will remain fixed for the next four years.
Chicago Tribune (Date posted: January 24, 2013)
MO: Board of Curators increases tuition 1.7 percent for next fall
The University of Missouri Board of Curators increased tuition by 1.7 percent Thursday for undergraduates at the four-campus system. State law limits annual tuition increases to the federal Consumer Price Index (CPI), with increases beyond CPI requiring a waiver from the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Over the past five years, tuition has increased by an average of 2.3 percent.
Associated Press (Date posted: February 1, 2013)
A New Partnership: Reshaping the Federal and State Commitment to Need-Based Aid (Press Release) (Executive Summary) (Report) (Related story)
Committee for Economic Development
This report calls for a number of changes to the federal and state student financial aid framework. Recommendations include calling for an end to tuition tax credits and changing the student loan repayment system. The report's top recommendation calls for replacing federal student grant aid programs into one federal-state matching grant program.
College is Worth It (Report)
Hart Research Associates/HCM Strategists/The Winston Group
The policy brief provides qualitative and quantitative data related to public perception of higher education, including a focus on minority populations. Respondents stated that higher education is still important and worth the time and money involved, but remain concerned over college affordability and student debt levels. The highest priority for reform among respondents was increasing the number of individuals who earn a college degree or postsecondary credential.
The Likely Impact of Sequestration on Higher Education (Report)
American Council on Education
This policy brief outlines expected consequences of the federal sequester on higher education expected to take place on March 1, 2013. The sequester is projected to affect two major areas for higher education: research funding and student aid. Program funding in these areas are expected to be reduced by 5.1 percent under sequestration. Pell Grant funding will not be affected by the sequester.
Growing What Works: Lessons Learned in Replicating Promising Practices for Latino Student Success (Report)
Excelencia in Education
This report highlights institutional practices from public and private colleges and universities that have been effective at improving student success among Latino student populations. The report includes goals and outcomes of grant programs over the past several years.
Kentucky: College Still Pay (Press Release) (Report)
This brief discusses the economic return of postsecondary education for Kentucky residents. It includes data related to income levels and job growth across education levels in Kentucky.
New York: Report on Higher Education (Report)
New York State Senate Higher Education Committee
This report highlights the 2012 activities of the New York State Senate Higher Education Committee, including funding levels and various pieces of legislation considered by the committee.
Ohio: Need-Based Financial Aid: A Tool for Supporting Ohio’s Education and Workforce Goals (Report) (Related story)
Community Research Partners
This report explores changes in need-based financial aid in Ohio over the past five years. It includes three strategies for reform.
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