February 8, 2013
MA: State AG investigating 12 for-profit colleges
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) has expanded her investigation of for-profit college recruiting and lending practices to more than a dozen institutions in the state. Coakley is examining whether these colleges misled prospective students about program costs, the odds they would graduate or the likelihood they would find employment in their field of study. She joins a number of other state attorneys general investigating possible fraud and abuse in this sector.
The Boston Globe (Date posted: February 3, 2013)
Budget & Finance
MI: Governor’s budget includes 2 percent funding increase for state universities
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has released a budget plan that includes a 2 percent, or nearly $25 million, funding increase for the state’s public universities. State higher education funding will be allocated on a formula that values how many students graduate in critical skill areas, research and development expenditures, administrative cost restrictions and other factors. Institutions will also be rewarded for keeping tuition increases at 4 percent or below. If approved, this would be the second year of higher education funding increases after a 15 percent budget reduction.
Lansing State Journal (Date posted: February 7, 2013)
MT: State to base portion of higher education funding on performance
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) and Higher Education Commissioner Clayton Christian signed a document Wednesday agreeing that the university system will establish performance funding measures in fiscal year 2014. In fiscal year 2015, half of the system's “present law” funding increase ($7.5 million) will depend on meeting performance standards.
Billings Gazette (Date posted: February 7, 2013)
SD: Campus gun bill fails in committee
This week the South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee opted not to pass a bill that would restrict the authority of the state’s Board of Regents to regulate guns on their college campuses. The bill was opposed by state university and student leaders.
The Collegian (Date posted: February 6, 2013)
WY: Presidential search bill sent to governor
A bill that would allow trustees to keep confidential the names of finalists for presidential positions at Wyoming's seven community colleges and the University of Wyoming passed the state legislature this week and has been sent to Gov. Matt Mead (R). The governor has not indicated whether he will sign the bill.
Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Date posted: February 6, 2013)
VA: State DREAM Act dies in committee
Last week bipartisan legislation that would have allowed eligible undocumented students in Virginia to pay in-state tuition rates failed to pass out of a state legislative committee. Bill supporters remain optimistic that the measure will fare better in the next legislative session.
Richard Times-Dispatch (Date posted: February 5, 2013)
FL: Gov. Scott pushes “Finish in Four” tuition pricing
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) state budget plan includes a proposal that would hold tuition rates constant for four years of a student's academic program. Scott has been an advocate of low tuition rates, including challenging the state's public colleges to offer $10,000 bachelor's degrees.
Miami Herald (Date posted: February 2, 2013)
OH: Gov. Kasich calls for 2 percent cap on tuition increases
Ohio Gov. John Kasich's (R) biennial budget blueprint includes a cap on in-state, undergraduate tuition increases at the state's public colleges and universities. The cap would be set at a 2 percent increase from the previous academic year or 2 percent of the statewide average, whichever is greater. Kasich’s budget plan also supports recommendations by state higher education leaders to tie half of all college funding, $900 million, to each school’s ability to graduate students. Kasich's budget plan calls for increasing state support for student instruction in public higher education by 1.9 percent in each of the next two years.
The Columbus Dispatch (Date posted: February 4, 2013)
America’s Call for Higher Education Redesign (Press Release) (Report) (Related story)
This report is the result of poll conducted by Gallup on issues related to higher education access, affordability and quality. Among other findings, the survey found Americans would like changes to the credentialing system and remained concerned over college costs and educational quality. However, respondents said they continue to see value in postsecondary education.
Moving Forward: A National Perspective on States’ Progress in Common Core State Standards Implementation Planning (Report) (Related story)
Education First/EPE Research Center
This report provides results of a recent survey on the status of Common Core State Standards implementation across the 50 states. Specifically, the report explores state progress made in teacher professional development, curriculum guides and teacher-evaluation systems.
Kansas: State Report 2011-2012 (Report)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
This report from includes performance data on higher education in Kansas, including comparisons with peer states.
South Dakota: State Report 2011-2012 (Report)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
This report from includes performance data on higher education in South Dakota, including comparisons with peer states.