February 6, 2009
New Rule on Spending by States Lacks Teeth
A new federal requirement that states provide consistent spending for higher education may not, at least in the beginning, have much effect.
Even as state budgets sour and colleges brace for cuts, only one state — Rhode Island — seems likely to have run afoul of the new rules this year, according to a Chronicle analysis of available data on state higher-education spending.
Under the rule, states must spend at least the same amount of money for colleges each