BR Daily Report – While higher education funding is shrinking nationwide, a new report shows the rate of decrease in Louisiana is the third highest in the country despite a sharp increase in tuition revenue. The State Higher Education Executive Officers, a nonprofit association of chief executive officers for postsecondary education, detailed the figures in its annual “State Higher Education Finance Report.” Louisiana Commissioner for Higher Education Jim Purcell hopes the report will boost his argument for overhauling the state’s higher education funding system.
Inside Higher Ed – The large college enrollment growth seen in the post-recession period leveled off between 2011 and 2012, but continued state budget cuts meant that public colleges and universities saw a 9 percent decline in
per-student state appropriations between 2011 and 2012, according to a report released today by the State Higher Education Executive Officers. The report, a followup to one released in January, finds that while spending increased in three of every five states, those increases were small, and when coupled with large decreases in states like California, amounted to an overall decline.
Education News – Education experts in Louisiana were left confused by the latest executive budget proposal unveiled by Governor Bobby Jindal. The total money allocated towards higher education was reduced by about $200 million from the year before, but the confusion arose from the fact that distribution of money among a number of funds that comprise the total higher ed dollars underwent substantial changes as well.
Wisconsin State Journal – After absorbing bruising cuts in Gov. Scott Walker’s first biennial budget, university and technical college officials said they’re satisfied with the 2013-15 budget Walker unveiled Wednesday, which modestly increases higher education funding overall and rewards efforts already begun to offer flexible degree programs to working adults and tie some funding to courses and programs that boost employment and economic development.