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…

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May 1, 2019

Quality Assurance and Improvement in Higher Education: The Role of the States

by David Tandberg & Rebecca Martin

Higher education is facing a host of challenges, including external questions regarding its value and purpose. These questions cut to the core of the states’ role in higher education. Traditionally, states have the responsibility to ensure that institutions of higher education are operating in the public interest and that the institutions are good stewards of their public resources. Central to this responsibility is the question of institutional and educational quality.…

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April 26, 2019

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Names Interim Chancellor

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — During its regularly scheduled meeting today, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) named Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS), as interim chancellor of the Commission.  This will be a dual role, and Tucker will continue as the chancellor of the CTCS.  She succeeds Carolyn Long who has served in the role since July 2018. Read…

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April 24, 2019

SHEEO Releases Strong Foundations 2018: The State of State Postsecondary Data Systems

Since 2010, the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) has periodically administered the Strong Foundations survey, which documents the content, structure, and effective use of state postsecondary student unit record systems (PSURSs). This report highlights the results of the fourth administration of the survey, conducted in 2018. The most recent report highlights states’ abilities to calculate performance metrics, an examination of which educational sectors are covered by these systems, and an…

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April 10, 2019

Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Strengthening Accountability to Protect Students and Taxpayers

by David Tandberg

Testimony Provided to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions I have been asked to address the issue of accountability in higher education. Among its many obligations, government has one central role in society: The provision of the public good. Higher education benefits society generally, and college graduates directly, in a multitude of ways. In those regards, the U.S. higher education system is performing exceptionally well.…

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April 9, 2019

SHEF 2018 Case Study: Ten Years Out: State Recovery from the Great Recession

by Sophia Laderman

This case study provides an analysis of how well states have recovered from the Great Recession. We consider the depth of cuts in state funding, recovery of total educational revenues and the sources of that recovery, and changes in state financial aid.

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