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ERIC Number: ED573094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
A Tale of Two Economies: 2016 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West. Policy Insights
Sedney, Christina
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
In 2016, there was an increasingly dramatic divergence between state economies in the West. Most states in the region benefited from an ongoing economic recovery, but states reliant on the energy sector for tax revenues were hit hard by the global decline in oil prices. This resulted in varying budget situations in legislatures across the West--outlined in this "Policy Insights"--with certain states dealing with significant cuts to higher education while others were in a position to make a wealth of new investments. Despite the region's varied economic outlook, common themes did emerge. These included a focus on affordability and accelerated learning options, continued support of military-connected students, investing in evidence-based student success initiatives, and proposed solutions for addressing teacher shortages. The brief concludes with a section on issues to watch in the region, ranging from data privacy to guns on campus.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; New Mexico; North Dakota; Wyoming; Oregon; South Dakota; Washington; Idaho; California; Hawaii; Colorado; Arizona; Utah