College Education Is Expected to Remain a High Priority for States

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A panel of higher-education leaders and policy makers in Ohio is recommending that legislators tie half of the state's appropriations to public colleges to their compliance with so-called performance-funding formulas.

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A panel of higher-education leaders and policy makers in Ohio is recommending that legislators tie half of the state's appropriations to public colleges to their compliance with so-called performance-funding formulas.

A slow-growing economy, political polarization, and the drive to significantly increase the number of college graduates are the factors that will keep higher education in the forefront of this year's state legislative sessions.

While state tax coffers are projected to be in the black in most states, public colleges shouldn't expect that appropriations will be on the rise anytime soon. Even in places where fiscal conditions are improving most quickly, legislators are looking for ways