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Trending State Issues in Higher Education

Many higher education policy issues are developed or impacted by state lawmakers across the country. NACUBO is tracking many of these legislative trends, how they arise in different states, and how they may ultimately interact with federal lawmaking efforts.
 

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State Trend Policy Briefs

COVID-19 Impacts on State Budgets

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the U.S. economy and particularly on state and local government budgets.

What do these impacts mean for higher education and how can these impacts be alleviated in coming fiscal years?

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Free College Programs

Many state and local governments have created "free college" programs, often referred to as Promise Programs. These programs differ widely across the country in structure, funding source, participant eligibility, and other critical features.

What do some of these programs look like and is there a chance for a federal "free college" program?

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Data Privacy and Protection

As students, lawmakers, and the general public become increasingly concerned with issues of data privacy and data protection, how are states drafting laws to respond?

With many data privacy concerns arising from digital platforms that cross state lines, is there a role for the federal government to play?

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NACUBO Materials

  • Public College and University Financial Aid Trends. NACUBO Solutions Exchange Resource: This NACUBO resource examines trends in institutional financial aid funding at public colleges and universities across the country.  
  • COVID-19 Research. NACUBO Polls: NACUBO has conducted member polls on a variety of COVID-19-specific topics. Summaries of these findings and related graphics and data will help colleges and universities compare their own COVID-19 responses with those from schools across the country. 
  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEEF Resource Center. A one-stop collection of NACUBO's many resources designed to aid your institution in complying with Department of Education guidance, grant management, and other components of the HEERF grant program. 

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How Does Your State Compare?

Map of education appropriations per FTE, FY 2019

Notes:

  1. Education appropriations are a measure of state and local support available for public higher education operating expenses, and exclude appropriations for independent institutions, financial aid for students attending independent or out-of-state institutions, research, hospitals, and medical education.
  2. Constant dollars adjusted by the Higher Education Cost Adjustment (HECA).
  3. Adjusted to account for interstate differences using the Enrollment Mix Index (EMI).
  4. Adjusted to account for interstate differences using the Cost of Living Index (COLI). The COLI is not a measure of inflation over time.

Source: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association

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