State Spending on Higher Education Improves

For three consecutive years, overall state spending on higher education has increased by 4 percent, according to the annual Grapevine survey conducted by Illinois State University researchers and State Higher Education Executive Officers.

Between 2015 and 2016, 39 states reported increases in state funds for higher education.  Nine states reported decreases during that period. Two states – Illinois and Pennsylvania – have yet to finalize their budgets and were not included in the report, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Increases range from 0.1 percent in Kentucky to 16.2 percent in Oregon. Decreases range from 0.1 percent in New Jersey to 14 percent in Arizona. Arizona is at the bottom of the list of 15 states that are still spending less on higher education than they were five year ago, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Louisiana is next on that list.

But 35 states are spending more on higher education than they were five years earlier, the Grapevine report found.


Related Links

Grapevine Survey

Inside Higher Ed

The Chronicle of Higher Education