March 22, 2013
Budget & Finance
KS: Tax cuts could affect state higher education budget
Kansas lawmakers are weighing state budget proposals that would reduce investment in public higher education, sparking debate over income tax cuts enacted last year and plans for deeper tax cuts in future years. Legislative budget writers are considering $25 million to $30 million in budget reductions from the state's six major universities and its technical and community colleges. Since 2008, overall state funding for public higher education in Kansas has fallen 8 percent.
The Kansas City Star (Date posted: March 19, 2013)
ME: Lawmakers weigh flat higher education budget
Maine lawmakers are currently considering a biennial budget blueprint put forth by Gov. Paul LePage (R) that holds funding flat for public higher education amid strong demand for university services. The University of Maine System Board of Trustees have pledged to keep tuition levels flat for in-state undergraduate students for the next two academic years if the proposed funding levels are kept in place by lawmakers.
The Bangor Daily News (Date posted: March 18, 2013)
NC: Governor's budget proposal calls for a 5.4 percent net budget cut for UNC System
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) released a state budget blueprint this week calling for a $139 million, or 5.4 percent, net budget cut for the University of North Carolina (UNC) System. McCrory's budget includes a recommendation to increase tuition rates by 12.3 percent for out-of-state students attending six high-demand state universities. With the added tuition revenue, the budget reduction will be 2.9 percent. University officials have expressed concern over the budget cuts after a $400 million budget reduction two years ago.
The News and Observer (Date posted: March 20, 2013)
OR: Governor expected to sign tuition equity bill
The Oregon Senate passed a bill Thursday that will grant in-state tuition to certain undocumented graduates of Oregon high schools. To be eligible for the tuition equity program, a student must have attended school in the country for at least five years; studied at an Oregon high school for at least three years; and graduated; and show intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. The bill, which has already passed the Oregon House of Representatives, is supported by Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) and will likely be signed into law.
The Oregonian (Date posted: March 21, 2013)
Recent Deep State Higher Education Cuts May Harm Students and the Economy for Years to Come (Report) (Related story)
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
This report outlines recent trends in state investment in public higher education and consequences associated with continual disinvestment in public colleges and universities, such as higher student tuition levels. The report calls on states to reinvest in public higher education, including through raising additional tax revenue.
Florida: Florida College System Economic Impact Report 2013 (Website)
Florida Department of Education
This economic impact study details the Florida College System's array of contributions to the state's economy. Among a number of findings, the report estimates an associate's degree holder at their career midpoint in Florida make 35 percent more than someone with a high school diploma. The study also states that students in the Florida College System receive a 16.8 percent annual rate of return on their educational investment. The state, meanwhile, receives a 9.4 percent rate of return on its investment in the Florida College System.
Illinois: State Report 2011-2012 (Report)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
This report provides performance data on Illinois higher education, including comparisons with peer states.
Nebraska: Getting It Right: Public Policy and Nebraska Higher Education (Report) (Related story)
Platte Institute/National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
This report evaluates the current state of Nebraska higher education and outlines a series of goals, a public policy framework to achieve the goals and mechanisms for sustaining the agenda. Among a number of recommendations, the report calls for the state to explore performance-based higher education funding.