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Higher Education Spending

Higher education spending escalated at astonishing rates, but this spending was virtually unanalyzed.

Although there was broad acceptance that states benefit from strong higher education institutions, we needed to understand what states were getting for their investments.

Using the same methods of fiscal analysis that we applied to K-12 districts and schools—tracing real dollar expenditures to their final use—CRPE researchers offered new options for improving the productivity of higher education.

Cuts to state support for higher education have prompted some universities to raise tuition, admit more out-of-state students, and increase enrollment to close budget gaps. This analysis compares these three strategies in terms of the...

Public universities across the country are shifting more spots to nonresidents (who pay higher tuitions) in order to plug budget gaps. This case study examines admissions data at the University of Washington in order to...

This analysis argues that in the current fiscal climate, districts should rethink automatically paying teachers for master’s degrees, and consider how money could instead be channeled into compensation in ways that lead to improved student...

This brief considers the role of transfer and articulation policies in higher education policy and administration.

This paper explores the relative importance of specific policy components on post-secondary outcomes, and how such policies impact students with different aspirations or economic and ethnic backgrounds.

This paper reviews state cross-institutional policies designed to better integrate community colleges with four-year college and university system schools, and examines how patterns of college attendance, transfer, and degree earning vary across states with different...

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