ERIC Number: ED431445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
What Are Nebraska's Public Policies on Funding Postsecondary Education?
Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, Lincoln.
This document explores Nebraska's current public policies and practices that impact the funding of postsecondary education. These policies and practices have developed over time in response to the needs of the state. Many of the policies are statute and have not been formally adopted, but are reflective of legislative practice, past patterns appropriations, governing board practice, or past decisions within Nebraska. Among the 27 explicit or defacto policies in effect are the following: (1) the state of Nebraska invests significantly in postsecondary education, with nearly one-fourth of Nebraska's general fund appropriation going to the public postsecondary system; (2) tuition and fees at public four-year institutions are comparatively low, while fees at the two-year institutions are about average; (3) state-funded financial aid for needy students is modest, about $4.5 million for need-based grants in 1998-99; (4) the state seeks to maintain a high level of access, with Nebraska ranking third nationally in the proportion of high school graduates going on to postsecondary education; (5) property taxes are the largest source of revenue for most community colleges; (6) public institutions are encouraged to supplement state funding with other revenue sources; (7) the state provides comparatively strong support to the university for research; and (8) the state's appropriation process does not use performance-based indicators. (TGO)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, Lincoln.
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska