May 25, 2023

For the first time, state funding to public colleges exceeds per-student funding levels seen prior to the Great Recession

The latest State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) report finds that in 2022, public higher education appropriations increased 4.9% beyond inflation, surpassing pre-recession per-student funding levels for the first time since 2008. The SHEF report also finds that fiscal year 2022 saw the second largest public FTE enrollment decline since the start of the SHEF dataset in 1980, and tuition revenue continued to decline. After a short recession in 2020 due…

Read more

May 5, 2020

New SHEEO report finds state funding remains below historic levels as public colleges brace for a recession and expected budget cuts

The impacts of COVID-19 on public higher education revenues and enrollment are unknown and potentially severe. Amidst this uncertainty, the State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) report offers a comprehensive look at where states stand as they enter this complex funding environment. BOULDER, Colorado — In fiscal year 2019, state and local support for higher education topped $100 billion for the first time in history. At the same time, public higher…

Read more

April 28, 2020

The New SwiftStudent Tool: Help for Guiding Students Through Financial Aid Appeals Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of the new SwiftStudent digital tool, a free resource designed to help college students through the formal process of requesting additional financial aid when their economic circumstances have changed. SwiftStudent was created by the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation in partnership with 18 higher education organizations.

Read more

April 10, 2020

New SHEEO White Paper: State Agencies and Systems of Higher Education Leading for Equity

Written by, Denise Pearson, Jason Lee, and Brandon Bishop Leaders of state agencies and systems of higher education (SHEEOs) are in unique positions to expand higher education’s positive impact on the human condition through an intentional and systematic focus on educational equity. The opportunities and challenges are noteworthy, and the authors of this paper sought to identify these. It is also the goal of this paper to provide SHEEOs and…

Read more

March 26, 2020

Statement from SHEEO President Robert Anderson, Ph.D., on the bipartisan COVID-19 stimulus deal:

“We applaud Congressional leaders and Administration officials for working together to reach a bipartisan deal on a federal stimulus package. As higher education works to address the financial fallout stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome partnership and resources from the federal government. This stimulus package provides urgently needed financial assistance and administrative flexibility during this difficult time. The financial shortfalls facing higher education, however, will far exceed the funding…

Read more

March 11, 2020

Public Funding for Higher Education Call for Papers

Convening Date: November 4 – 6, 2020 Proposals Due: May 4, 2020 The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) promotes an environment that values higher education and its role in ensuring the equitable education of all Americans, regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic factors. Together with its members, SHEEO aims to achieve this vision by equipping state higher education executive officers and their staffs with the tools to effectively…

Read more