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2012 State of the State Addresses: Governors' Top Education Issues PDF - This analysis highlights the education issues prioritized by governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C. in their 2012 state of the state addresses. The state leaders explained that increasing the quality and availability of education, from preschool through postsecondary, was essential to recovering from the recession, spurring economic growth, remaining competitive, and to the health and well-being of each state's citizens. Top issues include Finance (K-12 & Postsecondary), Teaching Quality, Postsecondary Affordability/Access, School Choice, Workforce Development, Early Learning (P-3), and Reading and Literacy....

State Budget Shortfalls: Postsecondary Education Impacts PDF - Prior to the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), states faced budgetary shortfalls that forced cuts to postsecondary budgets. Since the passage of ARRA, state agencies and postsecondary education staff are relieved that many postsecondary budget cuts can be restored. However, caution should be used when spending State Fiscal Stabilization Funds on programs or positions that require recurring funds. If states are not careful and thoughtful about how stabilization money is spent, they will face similar financial issues in two years. (Kristen Maloney, Education Commission of the States, May 2009)...

Issues in Community College Funding MS Word PDF - This issue paper examines data from a 2004 survey, focusing on two issues within 11 states’ community college systems: (1) Does the state’s funding system take into account one-year spikes in student enrollment? (2) Does the state-funding system provide additional funding for high-cost programs such as nursing, pre-med or engineering? (Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, April 2005)...

40th Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid: 2008-2009 Academic Year - This report provides data on state-funded expenditures for student financial aid and illustrates the importance of efforts made by the states to assist postsecondary students. Please note row and column data in tables may not add to row and column table totals throughout the report due to rounding. (National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs, 2010)...

Higher Expectations for Vermont: The Sixty Percent Solution--Increasing Educational Attainment for a Stronger Vermont - In 1998, the Vermont Commission on Higher Education Funding was created to critically examine the system of funding and planning for the future of the state in educating its citizens for the new century. The Commission created the first Compact for Higher Education in 1999. With this Compact the state made a commitment to prioritizing higher education in order to meet the needs of its citizens. In 2009, we believe that there needs to be a renewed recognition of the value of higher education, and that Vermont cannot afford to fall further behind our neighboring states or the rest of the nation in our support for our citizens. The Compact is to increase the percentage of Vermonters who have completed two-year or four-year college degrees from 42 to 60 percent by 2019. (Vermont Commission on Higher Education Funding, December 2009)...

39th Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid: 2007-2008 Academic Year - Report provides data regarding state-funded expenditures for student financial aid and illustrates the importance of efforts made by the states to assist postsecondary students. (National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs, 2009)...

Strategic Responses to Financial Challenges: Funding The College’s Future: Executive Briefing Paper MS Word PDF - This paper traces the convergence of several significant national trends affecting community colleges, dwelling on how these trends also appear to affect Delaware Tech and its ability to sustain its financial security in the future. After examining enrollment trends, the ongoing value to the nation and to Delaware of community college education, and trends in public sector support – especially state and local government support – for community colleges like Delaware Tech, the paper considers the implications of the college’s current financial path. (Andrew D. Zimmerman, Office of Collegewide Planning and Assessment, Delaware Technical & Community College, Reprinted with Permission by ECS, November 2006)...

State Shortfalls Projected to Continue Despite Economic Gains - Higher Education will continue to feel the effects of budget cuts, even as state finances improve over the next few years, according this issue brief from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Specific findings include the projection that competition for resources in the states will continue to limit the amount of money spent on postsecondary education through 2013. Detailed graphs and maps are included as part of the analysis. (Dennis P. Jones, The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2006)...

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