Postsecondary Education

Tuition at public four-year colleges and universities rose 112.5 percent between 1990-1991 and 2010-2011. Here's a big part of the explanation: From 1990-1991 to 2010-2011, total state appropriations rose from $65.1 billion to $75.6 billion. But state funding actually declined in relative terms...
04/19/2012
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Most Americans earn their bachelor's degrees at public universities, and it's easy to see why. State institutions, which are subsidized by taxpayer dollars, have always been the cheapest alternative for most college goers. But public universities have gotten far more expensive in recent years and...
04/12/2012
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I have often thought, “If education is expensive, try ignorance.” I strongly believe that the key to future prosperity is a quality education. That said, there is increasing evidence that the costs connected to higher education have ratcheted higher at an unsustainable pace. I initially addressed...
04/10/2012
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Demos Senior Policy Analyst Viany Orozco goes on WBAI to discuss the findings from our recept report, The Great Cost Shift: How Higher Education Cuts Undermine the Future Middle Class.
04/09/2012
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In fall 1990, some 32 percent of all young adults—and 39.1 percent of those who had completed high school—studied at a two-year or four-year college; by fall 2009, the most recent year with detailed data, 41.3 percent of all young adults and nearly half of all high school completers were...
04/02/2012
Data Byte
In 2009, approximately 36-of-every-100 undergraduate students were members of a racial or ethnic minority group, up from 30-of-every-100 in 2000 and 21-of-every-100 in 1990. By 2009, African American students accounted for 14.7 percent of all undergraduate enrollments, up from 9.6 percent in 1990;...
04/02/2012
Data Byte
Without federal assistance, state appropriations for higher education in 2010-2011 would have been 5 percent lower than in 2007-2008, holding all else constant.
04/02/2012
Data Byte
Total state revenues have declined due to both recessionary shortfalls and the failure of states to modernize their revenue systems to collect the resources needed to finance the services demanded by the public. Absent adequate revenues, states have shifted available resources from discretionary...
04/02/2012
Data Byte
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