Monday, January 26, 2009

How Important is Government Spending on Higher Education?

The January 23, 2009, issue of the Journal of Higher Education has an interesting story about states that plan to hold firm on last year's level of spending on higher education despite the current financial downturn.  The catch is that these state universities must agree not to raise tuition.  The states highlighted in the article as "friendly" to higher education include Missouri, Maryland and Oregon.  What's interesting are the many comments to the story on the Chronicle of Higher Education website.  For example, one comments opines that states with Democratic governors are more inclined to be forward-looking and maintain or increase higher education spending , while states with Republican Governors are more likely to be less friendly to higher education and cut spending on universities in some cases by as much as 50%.

For the entire story (and the comments of readers) see "Some States Propose Plans to Spare Higher Education From Budget Cuts" in the January 23, 2009, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

DAB

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