Online Learning Update

April 20, 2017

80% drop in per student support for higher ed in Illlinois skews national figures

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 11:03 am
by Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
Support for public higher education rose in 33 states and declined in 17 in 2016 — including a massive drop in Illinois. It’s impossible to examine state higher education finances in 2016 without separating the collapse in Illinois from a more nuanced picture across the rest of the country. State and local support for higher education in Illinois plunged as the state’s lawmakers and governor were unable to reach a budget agreement and instead passed severely pared-down stopgap funding. Educational appropriations per full-time equivalent student in the state skidded 80 percent year over year, from $10,986 to $2,196. Enrollment in public institutions dropped by 11 percent, or 46,000 students. “Our data is made up of so many different states,” said Sophia Laderman, SHEEO data analyst and the report’s primary author. “Without Illinois, we’re seeing an increase in appropriations per student, after adjusting for inflation. But it’s smaller than in the previous year.”
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