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.
US Dept. of Education – Memo on sequester required reductions in student aid.
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.
Hartford Courant – A proposal to invest heavily in science, technology, engineering and math programs at the University of Connecticut over the next 10 years looked more ambitious Thursday, topping $2 billion.
Aimed at creating a skilled workforce that would in turn boost the state’s economy, the proposal also envisions that UConn instructors would attract millions in research grant money to the state.
University Business – If colleges were automobiles, the University of Texas at Austin would be a Cadillac: a famous brand, a powerful engine of research and teaching, handsome in appearance. Even the price is comparable: Like one of the luxury car’s models, in-state tuition for a four-year degree runs about $40,000.
But in an era of budget-cutting and soaring tuition, is there still a place for “Cadillacs” – elite, public research institutions like Texas, Michigan, California-Berkeley and Virginia that try to compete with the world’s best? Or should the focus be on more affordable and efficient options, like the old Chevrolet Bel Air?
Inside HigherEd – House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said Tuesday that he supported more publicly available information on college graduates’ salaries by major, in a speech on domestic policy in which he also called for cutting funding for social science research and granting citizenship to young undocumented
Inside HigherEd – For several years running now, with dueling reports and “Jane, you ignorant slut”-style op-eds in these pages and elsewhere, Richard Vedder and Anthony Carnevale have been arguing about the influence of college-going in the job market. To greatly oversimplify, Carnevale, a Georgetown University labor economist, is “pro”: college credentials help people’s employment prospects, he asserts, and the country will need more workers with degree-certified skills in the years to come, not fewer.
Vedder, an emeritus economics professor and director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, takes the “con” view: the rapid upturn in the number of Americans with degrees has resulted in many of them taking jobs that don’t require advanced skills, inflating the requirements for those jobs and squeezing many non-degreed people
out of jobs. Which leads him to argue that too many Americans are going to college, especially in pursuit of bachelor’s degrees and higher.
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