May 3, 2013
Budget & Finance
OH: Voting provision could cost colleges $370 million
A provision in the Ohio House budget would require public institutions of higher education to charge in-state tuition to a student if the college provides the student with residency documentation to vote in Ohio. Under state law, anyone eligible can vote in Ohio as long as they live in the state for at least 30 days prior to the election. If the measure is enacted, public colleges and universities are projected to collectively lose as much as $370 million in tuition revenue. The provision is opposed by leaders of the Ohio higher education community, who believe the change will lead to an influx of out-of-state students at the expense of state residents and hurt institutional efforts to develop strong academic programs.
The Columbus Dispatch (Date posted: May 1, 2013)
TX: Senate approves legislation to allow guns in cars on campus
The Texas Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow students with concealed handgun permits to store their weapons and ammunition in their cars on campus. The bill will now be considered by the Texas House of Representatives.
Houston Chronicle (Date posted: April 30, 2013)
CT: House passes salary study bill
The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would require the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees and the Connecticut Board of Regents to conduct a study of their administrators' salaries compared with out-of-state institutions, along with administrator-to-faculty and administrator-to-student ratios. The legislation will soon be considered by the Connecticut Senate.
The Associated Press (Date posted: May 1, 2013)
ND: State's higher education governance structure to be decided by voters
Last week the North Dakota legislature passed a measure that will allow voters to decide in the November 2014 election whether to change the state's higher education governance structure to a full-time, three-member commission. Currently, North Dakota higher education is governed by an eight-member, part-time board with a chancellor. The board oversees 11 public institutions of higher education in the state. If approved, the commission would start on July 1, 2015.
The Jamestown Sun (Date posted: April 24, 2013)
CO: Governor signs legislation granting in-state tuition to undocumented students
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed legislation Monday that will permit the state’s undocumented students to apply for in-state tuition status at Colorado public colleges and universities. To qualify for the new law, students must have attended a Colorado high school for at least three years, graduate from a Colorado high school or earn an equivalency and declare their intention to pursue legal status. Similar legislation has failed to pass the legislature six times over the past 10 years.
The Denver Post (Date posted: April 30, 2013)
MN: Senate passes in-state tuition for undocumented students
The Minnesota Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would allow the state’s undocumented student population to be eligible for in-state tuition, state financial aid and private scholarships. The bill requires students to have attended a Minnesota high school for at least three years, graduate and pledge to change their immigration status as soon as they are eligible. If approved, Minnesota would be the 16th state to extend in-state tuition to undocumented students and the 4th to offer state financial aid. The bill is supported by Gov. Mark Dayton (D), along with the state's business community.
The Star-Tribune (Date posted: May 2, 2013)
FL: Legislative leaders agree to 3 percent tuition increase
Last week Florida House and Senate budget leaders agreed to a 3 percent tuition increase for the upcoming academic year, along with a 3 percent funding boost for the state’s Bright Futures scholarship and the Florida Student Access Grants. It remains unclear if the measure will be approved by Gov. Rick Scott (R), who has stated his opposition to tuition increases.
The Miami Herald (Date posted: April 26, 2013)
TX: House approves “Fixed for Four” tuition option
The Texas House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would require the state's public colleges and universities to offer fixed tuition rates for four years of a student's academic program. The legislation, which is supported by Gov. Rick Perry (R), will now be considered by the Texas Senate.
Houston Chronicle (Date posted: May 1, 2013)
Texas: Higher Education Pays: The Initial Earnings of Graduates of Texas Public Colleges and Universities (Report) (Related story)
This report outlines the first-year earnings of recent graduates from two- and four-year public institutions of higher education in Texas. The report concludes that while the degree a student earns is important, the student's program and institution are also key contributors to their first-year earnings. Technical college degrees were also found to have a significant payoff in the Texas labor market.
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