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Higher Ed in the News

Public universities struggle with flat or down state contributions while enrollments and costs up

October 31, 2009

The University of Arizona, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Florida are among many that are scrambling because states are kicking in shrinking portions of their budgets.

In this particularly hard year, in which university endowments have been hammered along with state coffers, federal stimulus money has helped most avoid worst-case scenarios.

Experts say more universities will follow the lead of University of Michigan and University of Virginia, receiving less public money and increasing tuition, private fund-raising, and financial aid.

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Read the full story, The New Public Domain, At Public Universities: Less for More
by Paul Fain, a senior reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education for the New York Times.