Where did state funding for higher ed go?

What happens if state funding for higher ed disappears?

Reported by Education Dive, the gap between federal and state funding on higher education has nearly closed due to per-student state funding falling a full 31% from 2000 to 2015. This while federal Pell Grant spending has climbed 71% over the last decade.

This begs the question – in an increasingly mobile economy, where people are changing jobs more than ever before, does state funding “feel” more risky, in that a state runs the risk of their graduates leaving before fully leveraging their knowledge?

The takeaway? Declines in state support can be massively damaging for those colleges who rely on it most. And with an upcoming election taking place with massive changes in higher ed policy up for proposal, how can you make sure your institution’s voice is heard?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.