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Illinois State University Reports 16 States to Slash Higher Education Spending

An annual report from Illinois State University finds 16 of the 50 states plan to cut higher education funding for 2013



By Kevin Walker
Posted January 26, 2013 09:00 AM

Higher Education Spending Cuts
Higher Education Spending Cuts

A report released this week from Illinois State University indicates that 38 of the 50 states – or 76% - have slashed spending on higher education since 2008.

The better news for higher education: only 16 states plan to cut spending in 2013.

Widespread decreases in education funding have been the trend for the past five years, according to the Grapevine study, issued every year by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State. Located in Normal, Ill., the university started in 1960 to publish compilations of statistics on state tax support for higher education.

Since 2008, according to the report, the vast majority of states have cut higher education spending. In 12 of those states - Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Carolina and Washington – the cuts have taken more than 20% of total education funding in five years. Oregon came close, cutting 19.8% of its budget.

Some of the largest states are among those cutting the most in 2013. Florida, the fourth most populated state, plans to cut spending by 8%, according to the report. California, the most populated, plans to slash higher education budgets by 5.7%. Second-ranked Texas plans smaller cuts, about .6%.

Bucking the trend among the larger states is New York, the third most populated state, where spending on higher education is expected to increase by 5.7% in 2013.

The largest increases in higher education spending for 2013 are planned in Wyoming (13.7%), South Carolina (9.7%), Idaho (7.9%), Iowa (6.4%) and South Dakota (5.1%). Some of the larger decreases are in Alabama (6%), New Jersey (5.5%) and Louisiana (5%).

All the numbers can change, depending on the outcome of debates over higher education funding in individual states, said Grapevine editor Jim Palmer in a statement released with the report.

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