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The economy’s bouncing back. But higher education funding isn’t

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on May 13, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Originally published on The Washington Post by Niraj Chokshi on May 13, 2015.

The recession came and went, but the cuts to higher education stayed.

Spending per student remains below—in some cases well below—pre-recession levels in 47 states, reflecting years of cuts to public colleges and universities that have yet to be undone, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities notes in a new report. Schools have responded by cutting programs and staff and raising tuition. Where funding has risen, it hasn’t covered the losses.

“Even though there have been recent increases in per-student funding, those increases haven’t been significant enough to make up for past-year cuts,” says lead author Michael Mitchell.

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