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ERIC Number: ED427570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 63
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Explaining Trends in Interstate Higher Education Finance: 1977 to 1996. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Higham, J. Russell, III
This study examined state trends in higher education finance over the 20-year period from 1977 to 1996. Data on state higher education appropriations were obtained from the Grapevine database, while additional data on population, personal income, and college enrollment were obtained from the Bureau of the Census and the National Center for Education Statistics. It was found that 20 states had linear and 28 states had cubic distributions of per capita higher education appropriations from 1977 to 1996, verifying the belief that the ultimate decision on bottom-line, annual, state higher education appropriations is frequently the result of gubernatorial and legislative compromises that ultimately result in incremental increases that keep pace with inflation. Only six states experienced positive-slope trend lines related to the 20-year relationship of per capita higher education appropriations to per capita personal income, pointing to the need for higher education to continue its re-examination of mission and purpose and to halt on-going erosion of public support for higher education. It was also found that the ability of states to make public elementary and secondary education more fiscally equitable has had a positive influence on higher education funding. (Contains 15 tables, 18 figures, and 39 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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