SHEEO Releases Annual State Higher Education Finance Report

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) recently released its annual State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) Fiscal Year report for 2016. According to the report, state and local governments provided nearly $90 billion in FY 2016 to support higher education, marking the first decline in overall state and local support in four years.

Waiting for the Dominoes to Fall

Uncertainty reigns in Washington, DC these days. The surprise election of Donald Trump and the resulting one-party control of the legislative and executive branches makes substantial changes in federal policy over the next two years nearly inevitable. Jon Fansmith looks at what this could mean for federal financial aid.

ISU President Steven Leath: Prioritize Agricultural Research

By 2050, the world population is projected to increase by roughly one third, creating one of the greatest conundrums in history: How to produce as much food in the next 35 years as we have produced in the previous several thousand. Iowa State President Steven Leath writes about his institution’s role in addressing this challenge, and the need to make agricultural research a national priority.

Fighting Food Insecurity on Campus

College and university administrators and leaders around the country increasingly are realizing that undergraduate students are among the millions of Americans who experience food insecurity, or a lack of resources to obtain nutritional food. Chris Nellum looks at what we can do about the problem, which has grown significantly in the years since the Great Recession.

Will Performance-Based Funding Further Disadvantage Disadvantaged Students?

Performance-based funding (PBF) is becoming increasingly popular as an accountability tool to reward higher education institutions for specific student outcomes. Despite its popularity, however, a substantial body of empirical evidence shows PBF can have troubling and unintended impacts. With this in mind, Lyle McKinney and Linda Serra Hagedorn look at the Texas Student Success Points Model.

VIDEO: Close the Innovation Deficit

Innovation Deficit:  The gap between actual and needed federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations such as China, India and Singapore are dramatically boosting research funding to develop the next great technological and medical breakthroughs. More at www.innovationdeficit.org/. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #InnovationDeficit.

University of Michigan President Cautions Continued Impact of Budget Cuts on Research, Urges Congress to Act

Many breathed a sigh of relief in mid-October when the federal shutdown finally came to a close after 16 days. However, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman this week warned if Congress does not reach a compromise on federal spending, the university’s research operations will continue to remain in peril.