June 7, 2013
CA: Senate approves online education grant program
Last week the California Senate passed a bill creating a grant program to spur public college and university faculty to team up with developers (including private developers, such as Coursera and Udacity) in order to create online courses. The grant program targets 20 “high-demand” lower-division courses in each higher education system in order to relieve enrollment pressures and cut costs.
The Daily Californian (Date posted: June 4, 2013)
Budget & Finance
IL: Legislature passes “flat” funding for public higher education
The Illinois Legislature completed work last week on a public higher education funding bill that will keep funding at current levels. Previously, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) had called for a 5 percent budget cut for the state’s public colleges and universities.
The News-Gazette (Date posted: May 31, 2013)
LA: Performance funding measure fails on House floor
The Louisiana House of Representatives voted down a bill Monday that would have created a panel to examine Louisiana’s higher education funding structure and build an outcomes-based funding system. Lawmakers cited cost issues as a reason for voting against the bill.
The Times-Picayune (Date posted: June 4, 2013)
OK: Regents approve slight increase in campus funding levels
Last week the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved new funding levels for the state’s public colleges and universities, with funding increases ranging from .8 to 3 percent. State lawmakers and Gov. Mary Fallin (R) approved $33 million in additional funding for Oklahoma higher education in the state budget, with the majority of new funding directed to debt service.
The Oklahoman (Date posted: June 1, 2013)
CT: Oversight bills sent to governor
The Connecticut General Assembly has passed two bills to increase legislative oversight of the state's public colleges and universities. The first bill calls for regular reports from university officials on student-to-administrator ratios, administrator salaries and comparisons of these metrics with peer institutions. The second bill requires university officials to appear before the legislature to answer questions about their budgets. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) has not indicated whether he will sign the bills.
The Connecticut Mirror (Date posted: June 5, 2013)
KS: Regents pan budget cuts, consider tuition increases
This week the Kansas Board of Regents slammed public higher education budget cuts recently approved by the state legislature. If enacted, the state budget will reduce higher education funding by a total of 5.7 percent over two years, including a 1.5 percent across-the-board reduction. The budget also caps university salary expenses, a provision regents hope will be vetoed by Gov. Sam Brownback (R). The board is currently considering tuition increases to make up for a portion the lost revenue.
Lawrence Journal-World (Date posted: June 6, 2013)
WI: Regents accuse state lawmakers of meddling in university affairs
Some members of the University of Wisconsin System (UW) Board of Regents argued Thursday that items included in the state budget intrude into the board's authority over the system. For example, a state budget provision would ban UW faculty from working with an investigative journalism center. State lawmakers are concluding work on the state budget, which includes $202 million in cuts, funding transfers and unfunded expenses for the UW System.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Date posted: June 6, 2013)
Student Success & Services
IL: Legislature approves college scorecard resolution
Last week Illinois lawmakers approved a resolution backed by Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (D) calling on all colleges and universities in the state to prominently display on their website a link to the federal College Scorecard and collaborate to design and publish an Illinois Scorecard. Simon intends to create a working group this summer to create the Illinois Scorecard.
The Rock River Times (Date posted: May 31, 2013)
Student Aid, Access & Affordability
IA: Governor likely to sign bill ending “tuition set-asides”
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) is expected to sign a bill that would ban the state’s public universities from using resident tuition dollars for student financial aid purposes. The legislation would require the state’s three universities to use general fund revenue in place of student tuition dollars for financial aid.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Date posted: June 3, 2013)
LA: TOPS reform bill sent to governor
Louisiana lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would change the state’s TOPS state scholarship program eligibility criteria to award more student points for students who earn high grades in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college-level courses. The bill is designed to encourage students to take challenging courses without fear of losing eligibility for the scholarship program.
The Times-Picayune (Date posted: June 4, 2013)
2013 Reality of College Readiness Report (Website) (Related story)
This interactive website provides national and state-level data on the enrollment, retention, and transfer patterns of 2011 ACT-tested high school graduates. The report includes four key findings related to student retention and provides policy and institutional practice recommendations.
Preliminary Data: Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2012-13; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2011-12; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2011-12 (Website)
U.S. Department of Education
This report provides preliminary data on IPEDS fall 2012 data collection. The report covers institutional characteristics, completions and enrollment from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.
NextDev Challenge: Instructional Delivery (Website)
Education Commission of the States-Getting Past Go
This brief outlines innovative institutional models designed to improve developmental education. The report examines accelerated programs, modular- and competency-based programs, sequencing redesigns and co-enrollment models.
California: Student Debt and the Value of a College Degree (Website) (Related story)
Public Policy Institute of California
This report finds that more California students are taking out loans to attend college, with considerable increases in student debt. Nevertheless, the authors found college to be a smart investment. The report argues that the state should continue to explore avenues to keep college affordable, including improving pathways from community colleges, helping families save for college and ensuring adequate funding.
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