February 15, 2013
Budget & Finance
NH: Governor's budget includes funding increase for public colleges and universities
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) released a state budget blueprint Wednesday that boosts public higher education funding to $75 million in 2014 and $90 million in 2015. If Hassan's plan is approved, funding would almost return to 2011 levels, after which the state cut funding to public higher education by nearly 50 percent.

Associated Press (Date posted: February 14, 2013)
VT: State budget plan includes 3 percent funding boost for public higher education
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s (D) state budget plan includes a 3 percent funding increase for the University of Vermont, the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) and the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. The governor's budget will be considered by state lawmakers this spring. 

Burlington Free Press (Date posted: February 13, 2013)
WI: Gov. Walker calls for $100 million in new funding for workforce, postsecondary education programs
This week Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced a $100 million funding package for a variety of state workforce and postsecondary education initiatives, as well as a series of policy proposals. Walker's plan includes targeted investments for the state's technical colleges, workforce development programs and K-12 and University of Wisconsin (UW) System initiatives. For the UW System, the governor includes $20 million for supporting economic development programs and $2 million in start-up funding for the UW Flexible Degree Option. Walker also plans to require UW and the state's technical colleges to develop a set of 30 college credits transferable between all institutions, including allowing private and tribal colleges to participate. 
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Date posted: February 10, 2013)

Campus Safety
CO: Committee approves campus gun ban
The Colorado House Education Committee passed legislation this week that would ban concealed weapons on the state’s college campuses. Currently, guns are allowed on the state’s public college campuses due to a 2012 court decision based on the state's concealed carry law. The bill will now head to the House Appropriations Committee. 
Denver Post (Date posted: February 13, 2013)

WY: Campus gun bill fails in committee
The Wyoming Senate Education Committee failed to pass a measure that would have allowed guns on the state's public college and university campuses. The bill, which was opposed by state education leaders, had previously passed the state’s House of Representatives. 
Casper Star-Tribune (Date posted: February 9, 2013)

WY: College search bill becomes law
Last week Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) chose not to take action on a bill that would keep secret the list of finalists for presidential positions at the state's community colleges and the University of Wyoming (UW). Therefore, the measure will become law. 
Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Date posted: February 8, 2013)

OR: Governor, business leaders offer support for immigrant tuition legislation
This week Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) and state business leaders endorsed a bill that would allow the state’s undocumented students to attend Oregon's public colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates. The bill is currently under consideration by state lawmakers.

Statesman Journal (Date posted: February 12, 2013)

Student Aid, Access & Affordability
VT: Governor calls for expanding dual enrollment
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) announced a plan this week to expand the state’s dual enrollment program, allowing high school students to take courses for college-level credits. The governor hopes 10 percent of Vermont students will take college courses while in high school. 
Vermont Public Radio (Date posted: February 14, 2013)


TX: Regents approve "fixed for four" tuition pricing
The University of Texas (UT) System Board of Regents ordered their campuses Thursday to offer students a four-year, fixed-rate tuition option by fall 2014. Gov. Rick Perry (R) has endorsed fixed-rate tuition pricing and state legislators are considering whether to make the policy a state law. 

Associated Press (Date posted: February 14, 2013)  

National Reports
The Cost of College Attrition at Four-Year Colleges and Universities (Press Release) (Report)
The Educational Policy Institute
This report estimates the cost of lost revenue due to student attrition at 1,669 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The author claims student attrition leads to $16.5 billion in lost revenue annually.

Doing Away with Debt: Using Existing Resources to Ensure College Affordability for Low and Middle-Income Families (Press Release) (Report
The Education Trust
This report calls for overhauling the federal financial aid system to increase college completion, reduce student debt and close opportunity gaps for low- and middle-income students. Among many reforms, the author calls for guaranteeing that low-income and working-class students be able to attend college debt-free and allow middle-income students to graduate with interest-free federal student loans and an affordable repayment plan. 

The SREB Data Exchange Indicators Report (Press Release) (Report)
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
This report includes key statistics on postsecondary education in the 16 states of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), including data on enrollment, student persistence/graduation, college funding and faculty compensation. 

State Reports
California: The 2013-14 Budget: Analysis of the Higher Education Budget (Summary) (Report) (Related story)
Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO)
This report is the LAO's analysis of California Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) state higher education budget proposal. It includes a number of recommendations related to higher education funding, technology initiatives and tuition, fees and aid.  
California: California Workforce: Planning for a Better Future (Report)
Public Policy Institute of California
This report projects that California will face a shortage of skilled workers in the upcoming decade, estimating that 41 percent of jobs in California will require at least a bachelor's degree by 2025 but only 35 percent of working-age adults in California will have a bachelor's degree at that time. 
Iowa: State Report 2011-2012 (Report)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
This report from includes performance data on higher education in Iowa, including comparisons with peer states. 
Missouri: State Report 2011-2012 (Report)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
This report from includes performance data on higher education in Missouri, including comparisons with peer states.
North Dakota: State Report 2011-2012 (Report)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
This report from includes performance data on higher education in North Dakota, including comparisons with peer states.


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