All but six of Arkansas’ 32 public colleges and universities raised tuition and mandatory fees at rates greater than inflation between 2005 and 2010, at times because they knew an institution down the road was raising its prices as well, according to a state audit.
California tax revenue fell nearly $539 million below projections in July, pushing the state closer to automatic, mid-year budget cuts to schools, universities and social services, State Controller John Chiang reported.
Virginia undergraduates will pay an average of 7.9 percent more this year in tuition and mandatory fees to attend state public colleges, according to a report released by State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
North Carolina’s community colleges could save about $5 million a year by folding administration and back-office work at the smallest campuses into larger neighbors, a legislative efficiency report said.
Louisiana’s top higher education board hasn’t updated a constitutionally required “master plan” for state colleges and universities in 10 years, the state Legislative Auditor’s Office says in a new report that outlines numerous political and legal factors that muddle the board’s mission and weaken its ability to do its job.
When it comes to cutting millions of dollars out of budgets for state community and technical colleges this spring, perhaps the most vexing issue is that the very programs that could kick-start new careers won’t be available for all the students who want to enroll.
Surrounded by a who’s who of North Carolina business and education leaders, Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue took the high road in opposition to proposed education cuts from the new Republican Legislature she says are so deep they’ll choke the state’s economic engine.
The Florida Legislature is poised to cut the popular Bright Futures scholarship program, meaning thousands of college students and their parents will be paying higher costs and less affluent families may have to take out loans, seek other financial aid, get jobs or maybe even go on a low-cost diet.
The state unveiled plans on for stepped-up support of the 60 vocational and technical schools in Massachusetts, including the creation of a new senior-level position within the Department of Education focused on vocational programs.