Dustin Weeden

Associate Vice President

Dustin Weeden joined SHEEO in October 2017. He currently serves as an associate vice president, working out of SHEEO’s Boulder office. In this role, he leads SHEEO’s research and policy analysis related to state authorization and college affordability. He currently leads projects focused on improving state consumer protection policies and FAFSA simplification. Mr. Weeden’s research interests include building the capacity and improving the effectiveness of SHEEO agencies, financial risk assessment, strategic finance planning, and innovative affordability policies.

Prior to joining SHEEO, he served as a senior policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures. In this role, Mr. Weeden coordinated the Legislative Education Staff Network, tracked and analyzed state higher education legislation, and authored policy briefs, research reports, blog posts, and State Legislatures magazine articles. Mr. Weeden holds an M.P.P from the University of Denver and a B.A. in history and political science from Kansas State University.

See work by Dustin Weeden

SHEEO Releases White Paper: Understanding State Pension Challenges: A Primer for SHEEOs

by Dustin Weeden

State pensions have received increased attention in recent years as most state plans do not have enough assets to pay for future employee retirement benefits. These underfunded pension liabilities have placed added stress on fragile state budgets, taking up a larger portion of state revenue than before the Great Recession, potentially crowding out higher education funding. Funding levels of public pensions also have implications for the well-being of SHEEO agency employees.…

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Improving State Authorization: The State Role in Ensuring Quality and Consumer Protection in Higher Education

by David Tandberg, Ellie M. Brucker, & Dustin Weeden

A renewed level of interest in and scrutiny of public accountability of higher education has recently been fueled by a wave of institutional closures; the proliferation of distance education providers and programs; changes in education technology; questions regarding quality, student learning, and the effectiveness of institutional accreditation; and efforts to spur innovation and create on-ramps for new and different education providers. While much of the attention has focused on the…

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

by Annahita Jimmerson

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…

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SHEEO Announces Promotion of Klein and Weeden to Position of Associate Vice President

by Jessica Duren

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) today announces the promotion of Carrie Klein and Dustin Weeden to the position of associate vice president. Both Klein and Weeden have served SHEEO as senior policy analysts. Klein joined SHEEO’s Washington, D.C. office in May 2021. She leads SHEEO’s Strong Foundations survey and reporting project, through which she advances SHEEO’s efforts to promote effective use of state postsecondary data…

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