Funding Down, Tuition Up: State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Quality and Affordability at Public Colleges

Source: Michael Mitchell, Michael Leachman, and Kathleen Masterson, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 26, 2016

From the summary:
Years of cuts in state funding for public colleges and universities have driven up tuition and harmed students’ educational experiences by forcing faculty reductions, fewer course offerings, and campus closings.  These choices have made college less affordable and less accessible for students who need degrees to succeed in today’s economy. Though some states have begun to restore some of the deep cuts in financial support for public two- and four-year colleges since the recession hit, their support remains far below previous levels.  In total, after adjusting for inflation, of the states that have enacted full higher education budgets for the current school year, funding for public two- and four-year colleges is $8.7 billion below what it was just prior to the recession….