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.

State Support for Higher Education Continues to Decline

Young Invincibles this week has released its annual report cards on state support for higher education, finding major disinvestment by states and a growing gap in degree attainment between the white population and that of blacks and Latinos. Only one state—Wyoming, the least populated state—received an A.

Prisons vs. Campuses

State funding for the median public research university declined by more than 26 percent in the years immediately following the Great Recession (2008-13), according a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

#SaveStudentAid: Perkins Loans Program Set to Expire Sept. 30

The Perkins Loan Program is set to expire on Sept. 30 unless Congress extends it in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Established in 1958, the program provides loans to undergraduate and graduate students of need at a low interest rate.

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.

#SaveStudentAid: The Importance of Federal Work Study

Since 1964, the Federal Work-Study Program has helped 30 million students who need some financial assistance make it through graduation.

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.

New From Pew: Higher Education Funding Moves From States to Washington

A new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts shows the extent to which the federal government has picked up the slack in declining state funding for higher education. Driven by increases in the Pell Grant program, higher education spending from federal sources increased by 32 percent from 2000-12, while state spending dropped by 37 percent.

Higher Ed Funding Remains at Pre-Recession Levels

North Dakota, Wyoming and Alaska are the only outliers on this list of states where funding for higher education remains below pre-recession levels. The chart is from Michael Mitchell’s testimony June 3 at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on college affordability.

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.

Closing the #InnovationDeficit

President Obama is scheduled to release his budget for FY 2016 on Feb. 2 and reportedly will request an end to sequestration, the across-the-board automatic spending cuts first imposed in 2013.