Another Report Describes Shrinking Amount of State Money for Higher Ed

March 6, 2014 | | The Chronicle of Higher Education |

While increased federal spending for higher education faces an uphill battle in Congress, pressure is mounting from Democrats in Washington, D.C., to raise state appropriations for higher education.

report released on Thursday by the liberal-leaning group Demos is just the latest to detail the growing cost of tuition at public colleges, along with the shrinking amount of money that state governments provide to those institutions.

Per-student state spending on public higher education shrank nearly 27 percent from 2008 to 2012, the report says. At the same time, average tuition at four-year public universities has risen about 20 percent, it says.

Read the full report,  The Great Cost Shift Continues: State Higher Education Funding After the Recession