A pending decision could make it harder for students to get into public colleges in Tennessee by increasing tuition. The vote, expected in June, could also make it more difficult to finish school, by limiting needed classes.
Kentucky House leaders will try to spare higher education from spending cuts as they plug away at erasing a shortfall looming over the next state budget, Speaker Greg Stumbo said after meeting with university presidents.
In the last year, the nation’s private colleges have laid off staff, shelved construction projects, slashed sports teams and turned down thermostats to cut costs. But student financial aid has kept flowing.
North Idaho College President Priscilla Bell told lawmakers that state funding for higher education is shrinking at a time when enrollment on her campus has swelled with an influx of unemployed workers going back to school.
Instructors lectured to classrooms peppered with empty seats at an Ohio technical college where graffiti had warned that black students would die, as the school president sought to reassure students by camping out in the dorm where the threat was scrawled.
A panel controlled by the governor has hand-picked contenders in the latest round of bidding for a pair of high-tech Third Frontier venture funds, breaking with past practice that based awards solely on merit.
Candidates for governor have agreed that a funding crisis looms for public education and offered a range of solutions, including a tax on gambling, a change in drawing up budgets and financial belt-tightening.
The board of Alabama’s financially troubled prepaid college tuition program approved a survival plan that would end the tradition of paying all tuition costs at public colleges and universities in the state.
Public colleges say they will shrink class offerings, slash library and athletics spending and hand out pink slips to employees as they make required budget cuts, according to plans submitted to the governor’s office.
The Bank of North Dakota has been in the business of making federally guaranteed student loans since the program began more than 40 years ago. Today, officials at the state-owned bank wonder if that legacy could vanish.