Potential spending cuts to close a $3 billion-plus budget gap next year could mean layoffs for thousands of college faculty and public school teachers, increases in class sizes and reductions in the number of courses offered, North Carolina education administrators have told lawmakers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal sat down with college leaders to discuss next year’s budget shortfall, after receiving criticism he’s spent too much time traveling and promoting his book and not enough on the state’s financial troubles.
When state officials ordered public colleges and universities in May to prepare budgets that are 10 percent leaner for the upcoming two-year spending cycle, on top of 5 percent reductions already imposed, higher education leaders hoped that would be a worst-case scenario.
West Virginia’s higher education officials can’t determine how much a college education should cost or identify steps to ensure that obtaining a degree is an affordable option for state residents, according to a legislative audit.
In the high-pressure world of educational fundraising, tiny Delaware Valley College has seemingly hit the lottery: A local philanthropic group is giving the school an estimated $30 million in property and cash.
College tuition costs shot up again this fall, and students and their families are leaning more on the federal government to make higher education more affordable in tough economic times, according to two recently-released reports.
California lawmakers finally sent a financially shaky budget to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, putting the state on track to start paying long-overdue bills but likely punting the state’s deficit problems to the next governor.
An influx of needy students and a decrease in state aid have combined to place Missouri in the awkward position of potentially violating its own law when distributing college scholarships during the upcoming school year.
The state Department of Higher Education should have been more involved in picking projects for a college construction program and additional coordination is needed among colleges, according to reviews released by the state auditor’s office.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum announced his education platform, saying he wants to make it easier to fire teachers by eliminating tenure and base their pay raises on classroom performance instead of seniority.
Spending in California classrooms declined as a percentage of total education spending over a recent five-year period, even as total school funding increased, according to a Pepperdine University study.
A key union leader for Montana state and university employees says he will not bargain another salary freeze with the governor — drawing a line in the sand amid what is expected to be a very tight budget process.