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Duke Study Reveals Legislator-State Funding Relationship

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business has uncovered a relationship between higher education state funding and legislators who attended public institutions in their states. According to the school’s study, every legislator that attended an in-state public university helps add $3.5 million in funding. In addition, the study discovered that the relationship has strengthened since the Great Recession, especially among legislators representing districts where their alma maters reside. More on Duke University’s study of legislator school ties and state funding is available on Inside Higher Ed.

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Public Colleges Relying More on State Funding

This year’s State Higher Education Finance report revealed that for the second straight year, public colleges and universities are depending more on state funding and less on tuition revenue. The study found that tuition made up 46.5 percent of public college revenue in 2015, marking another drop from the 47.8 percentage recorded in 2013. While public higher institutions are slowly recovering from pre-recession levels, the study also noted that state funding remains uneven across the country. For the full scoop on the State Higher Education Finance FY 2015 report, visit the Inside Higher Ed website.

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State Funding for Higher Education Rises Again

This year’s report by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers revealed state support for colleges and universities increased for the third straight year. The Grapevine report shows that state funding for higher education rose 4.1 percent between fiscal years 2015 and 2016, with 39 states reporting an increase. James Palmer, the author of the report, contributes the steady rise to the slow recovery from the recession. More on this year’s Grapevine report can be found on the Inside Higher Ed Web site.

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