April 19, 2013
Budget & Finance
IA: Senate budget bill increases higher education funding
The Iowa Senate passed a $964 million budget package for state's higher education system Thursday, a move that would boost funding by $103 million, or 12 percent, over the current year's funding level. The state's three universities would be awarded 2.6 percent more over the current year, with the University of Northern Iowa receiving an additional $4 million. Community college funding would increase by $16 million. The final budget will be determined through negotiations between the two legislative chambers later in the session.
Des Moines Register (Date posted: April 18, 2013)
KS: Governor calls for higher ed study, level state funding
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) called on state lawmakers to conduct a study of public higher education after the legislative session concludes, while also urging lawmakers to hold higher education funding levels steady in the state budget. Currently, Kansas House and Senate budget bills have recommended cuts of 4 and 2 percent for public higher education, respectively. Brownback said one way of providing funding would be to keep the state sales tax at 6.3 percent, which under current law will be reduced to 5.7 percent on July 1.
Lawrence Journal-World (Date posted: April 16, 2013)
MN: Bill provides funding boost, tuition caps for public higher ed
The Minnesota Senate passed a $2.8 billion higher education budget Wednesday that increases state student grant aid funding by $80 million, provides funding for a tuition freeze at the University of Minnesota and bars the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) from increasing tuition more than 3 percent. The bill also holds back $30 million in state funding in 2015 until the institutions meet three of five performance benchmarks, such as boosting graduation rates and reducing administrative costs. The Minnesota House is expected to take up a higher education funding bill next week, with the final budget determined through a Senate and House conference committee.
The Associated Press (Date posted: April 18, 2013)
MS: Board approves new performance-based funding model
Mississippi's College Board has approved guidelines for a new funding distribution system for the state's public colleges and universities. The new model will include performance funding that reward institutions for operating efficiently and achieving outcomes, such as course completion and graduation rates.
The Clarion-Ledger (Date posted: April 17, 2013)
ND: House passes performance-based funding system for higher education
The North Dakota House of Representatives approved a performance-based funding bill for public higher education Wednesday, along with a $1.057 billion appropriations package for public colleges and universities. The performance-based funding model will allocate funds based on credit hours completed rather than student enrollment.
Bismarck Tribune (Date posted: April 17, 2013)
CT: Governor expected to sign bill on presidential hiring authority
Connecticut lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow the state's Board of Regents to hire its president. Under current law, the board recommends candidates to the governor, who makes the final hiring decision. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) is expected to sign the bill. The change will allow the regents to select among three finalists in its ongoing presidential search process.
Hartford Courant (Date posted: April 18, 2013)
GA: Regents approve tuition increases
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved a 2.5 percent tuition increase for 27 of the state's 31 institutions of higher education. The remaining four institutions, which are large research-based universities, will increase tuition by 3.5 to 7 percent. While state funding increased by $54.6 million for the next school year, the system is still dealing with higher enrollment, increased health care premiums and other costs after $1.4 billion in budget cuts over the past five years.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Date posted: April 16, 2013)
ID: Board approves tuition increases at Idaho’s public colleges and universities
The Idaho State Board of Education voted this week to raise tuition for the upcoming academic year for students attending the state’s public colleges and universities. Tuition will increase by 6.9 percent at Boise State University and 5 percent at the University of Idaho. Idaho State University and Lewis-Clark State Colleges will increase tuition by 4.5 and 4 percent, respectively. While the state budget boosted funding for public colleges and universities, funding levels are still below 2009 levels.
The Associated Press (Date posted: April 17, 2013)
Demography as Destiny: Policy Considerations in Enrollment Management (Report)
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
This policy brief is a follow up on WICHE's Knocking on the College Door report. It discusses the implications of shifting demographics for state and institutional higher education policy, including issues related to completion, state funding and tuition. Specifically, the report discusses choices regarding policies and practices for enrollment managers.
Colorado: 2012 Legislative Report on Remedial Education (Website) (Related story)
Colorado Department of Higher Education
This report provides facts and statistics on remedial education in Colorado, revealing that nearly 40 percent of Colorado's high school students in 2011 that attended a public college or university in the state needed remedial education in at least one class before beginning college-level work. The most common remediation subject was math (51 percent), followed by writing (31 percent) and reading (18 percent). The report also includes statistics on remediation by gender, ethnicity, retention rates for students needing remediation and costs associated with remedial education.
Texas: Complete College Texas (Report) (Related story)
Complete College America
This report provides statistics and policy ideas to boost college completion rates in Texas. It includes five recommendations for change: performance funding, redesigning remediation, capping degree requirements with incentives for full-time enrollment, block scheduling and providing highly-structured degree plans.
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