Preserving At-Risk Public Universities as Economic Engines
Public colleges and universities have traditionally received state support in an effort to subsidize the cost of education for residents of the state at an affordable level of tuition. Across much of the nation, educational appropriations per full-time-equivalent student declined during the Great Recession and currently remain well below the pre-2008 level, measured in constant adjusted 2018 dollars. As enrollments continued to grow through 2013 and state support did not keep pace, state universities then generally adapted to this drastic funding reduction through raising tuition -- and thus securing more tuition revenue.
Originally published: February 12, 2020
Author: Christopher Fiorentino
Institution: West Chester University
Published by: Inside Higher Ed