May 17, 2013
Budget & Finance
CA: Governor's revised higher education plan maintains tuition freeze, drops some policy proposals
This week California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) revised his state budget plan for higher education and removed a number of policy items, including capping the number of credits a student could take while receiving state tuition subsidies, shifting adult education programs from K-12 school districts to community colleges and funding community colleges based on the enrollment count at the end of the term. Brown's plan increases funding and freezes tuition at the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) for four years. The state legislature must still approve the plan.
San Jose Mercury News (Date posted: May 14, 2013)
IA: House approves higher ed budget, tuition freeze likely
The Iowa House of Representatives came to agreement Thursday on a $897 million education funding package, an amount that will be enough to freeze tuition next year. The funding package will increase higher education appropriations by 2.6 percent over the current year. The Iowa Senate will now consider the plan.
Quad City Times (Date posted: May 16, 2013)
MN: Conference committee agrees to boost funding, freeze tuition and extend in-state tuition to undocumented students
A conference committee of Minnesota House and Senate leaders agreed Wednesday to a state higher education funding plan that boosts state investment by $250 million and freezes in-state undergraduate tuition. The conference committee also included language in the funding bill that extends in-state tuition, state financial aid and private scholarships to undocumented students.
The Star-Tribune (Date posted: May 15, 2013)
NV: Legislative panel approves new funding formula for state higher education
A joint panel of Nevada lawmakers endorsed a new higher education funding formula Wednesday that would base funding on the number of completed class credits and provide more funding for upper-level college courses. The change will also allow institutions to retain out-of-state tuition revenue and student fees. The panel did not reach agreement on including performance-based funding in the formula.
The Associated Press (Date posted: May 15, 2013)
WI: Gov. Walker trims proposed UW System budget increase, calls for two-year tuition freeze
This week Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) made changes to his biennial budget plan for the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, lowering the proposed funding increase from $181 million to $87 million. Walker's proposal also includes a two-year tuition freeze. The funding change was spurred by $648 million in unrestricted reserves spread across accounts in the UW System.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Date posted: May 15, 2013)
TX: House votes to curb regents’ power, discourage micromanagement
This week the Texas House of Representatives gave initial approval to a measure that would protect public colleges and universities from "overzealous" governing boards. The bill includes, for example, a provision that would block regents from voting unless they have received training on ethics, conflict of interest and training on the appropriate role of college governing boards. The measure, which has already passed the Texas Senate, is in response to accusations of micromanagement by the board that oversees the University of Texas-Austin. Final approval is required in the House before the bill is sent to Gov. Rick Perry (R), who has not indicated whether he will sign the bill.
Austin American-Statesman (Date posted: May 13, 2013)
TX: House passes bill related to state coordinating board, student groups
The Texas House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that would keep the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in place until 2025. The bill also included a provision requiring 1/3 of THECB membership to have experience in higher education administration or governance. Lawmakers also tacked on a controversial amendment that forbids campuses from mandating open participation in all campus organizations.
Dallas Morning News (Date posted: May 15, 2013)
Student Aid, Access & Affordability
AZ: House endorses free tuition for foster youth
The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would permit the state's foster youth to attend one of the state's three public universities at no tuition charge. The provision is part of a larger plan to double the number of foster youths who attend and graduate from college. The bill will now be considered by the Arizona Senate.
The Arizona Republic (Date posted: May 8, 2013)
MO: Senate passes new college scholarship requirement
The Missouri Senate passed a bill this week that would established a credit threshold for participation in the state's Bright Flight, Access Missouri and A+ Scholarship programs. The bill's sponsor claims the change will provide an incentive for students to complete their degrees in a timely manner.
The Associated Press (Date posted: May 10, 2013)
MD: Board approves tuition increases
The Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland approved a 3 percent in-state tuition increase for most of its member institutions Wednesday, with the exception of a 6 percent tuition increase approved for Salisbury University. Out-of-state students will pay up to 4.4 percent more next year. On the whole, tuition and mandatory fees will increase by an average of 2.4 percent for undergraduate and graduate students in Maryland, resulting in an additional $35.7 million in revenue.
The Baltimore Sun (Date posted: May 15, 2013)
ND: Tuition increase caps approved by governing board
Last week the North Dakota Board of Higher Education approved tuition increase limits at the state’s 11 public colleges and universities. The lowest cap was 2.1 percent at Lake Region State College, with the highest at 6.6 percent at Williston State College. The University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University will cap tuition increases at 4.9 and 4.2 percent, respectively.
Forum News Service (Date posted: May 10, 2013)
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