State Higher-Education Spending Continues Slow Recovery

Total state spending for higher education showed a marked improvement, increasing nearly 6 percent between the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years, according to the results of an annual survey. Beneath the numbers, however, lies a more complex story showing the slow and uneven recovery of state budgets.

"The overall results of this year's survey, though positive, mask a much more varied picture," says a report on the survey, which was compiled by researchers at Illinois State University and