Ohio budget a mixed bag for colleges, universities (Akron Beacon-Journal)


February 8, 2013 – In the first year of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed $63.2 billion, two-year budget,  17 of the state’s 61 universities, branch campuses and community colleges are expected to receive cuts although state higher education funding rises overall in the budget’s first year by about 2 percent to $1.78 billion, according to newly released estimates. Ohio State University is projected to receive a 3 percent increase under the plan, with three branch campuses experiencing cuts. OSU President E. Gordon Gee helped design the funding deal. Kent State and Cleveland State would see increases of more than 5 percent, Wright State of 3.5 percent and others smaller increases.

Link to Full Article: http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/ohio-budget-a-mixed-bag-for-colleges-universities-1.371676


Strapped for cash to build, Florida university presidents urge lawmakers for relief (Miami Herald)


January 17, 2013 – Those energy efficient appliances and flat screen TVs bought in the last few years by Florida consumers are a real drag for state schools. Energy consumption is one of the things that finances Florida’s gross receipts tax, which has paid $8.6 billion for school capital costs since 2004. The problem is that, while tax revenue dropped in the last few years mostly because of the economy, much of it won’t ever come back because of the more efficient way Floridians use electricity.  The drop in tax collections forced the state last year to add $250 million to the trust fund that the tax normally finances, the Public Education Capital Outlay, or PECO. This hampers colleges and universities, who can’t float bonds to finance new projects or rehap existing buildings.

Link to Full Article: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/01/strapped-for-cash-to-build-university-presidents-urge-lawmakers-for-relief.html


7-year freeze on California public university fee hikes proposed by GOP lawmakers (LA Times)

January 8, 2013 – Legislative Republicans on Monday proposed a seven-year freeze on tuition and fee increases at California’s public universities and community colleges to correspond with the length of tax increases under voter-approved Proposition 30. Two bills were introduced that would seek to freeze fees at California State University and the University of California and make sure Proposition 30 money goes to the universities so fee increases would be unnecessary. The measures were proposed just days before Gov. Jerry Brown releases his budget for next year.

Link to Full Article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2013/01/university-fee-hike-freeze-proposed.html


Central Michigan University’s medical school gets residency accreditation (Detroit Free Press)

January 2, 2013Central Michigan University (Aa3 / 154123WZ2) says it has received additional accreditation as it prepares to open its medical school in summer 2013. The university says the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has granted five-year institutional accreditation to the new medical school’s residency programs associated with Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary’s of Michigan. Residency is the clinical portion in a medical specialty following graduation from medical school and prepares physicians for the independent practice of medicine.

Link to Full Article: http://www.freep.com/article/20130102/NEWS06/130102004/1001/news

N.J. colleges, unions spent $2M pushing higher education bond question (Star Ledger)

December 28, 2012 – A coalition of New Jersey colleges, state labor unions and corporations spent more than $2 million to help persuade voters to pass the historic $750 million higher education bond question on last month’s ballot, according to state election reports. The passage of the bond question is expected to spur a statewide campus building boom as New Jersey’s public, private and community colleges dip into the state money to construct and renovate buildings. Dozens of higher education institutions, labor groups and private companies wrote large checks to rally voter support for the bond question, according to finance reports filed with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Link to Full Article: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/12/nj_colleges_unions_spent_2_mil.html

Pa. State System of Higher Education faculty’s frustration grows over stalled contract talks (Patriot News)

December 11, 2012 – Patience appears to be wearing thin for faculty at the 14 state universities, including Shippensburg and Millersville, as they close in on 18 months of working without a contract. Today’s negotiating session did not improve their optimism that a settlement was near. “Our students deserve for both parties to be serious about reaching a resolution. Sadly, there is no indication that the Chancellor (John Cavanaugh) is equally committed to the collective bargaining process,” said Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties President Steve Hicks.

Link to Full Article: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/12/pa_state_system_of_higher_educ_10.html#incart_river

Florida legislators weigh in on tuition increases ahead of universities’ funding announcement (Miami Herald)

December 4, 2012 – Wednesday morning, presidents and student leaders from many of the state’s universities will convene on the Capitol to make a major announcement regarding funding. The expectation is the announcement will be related to the $118 million in new funding the Florida State University System has requested for the 2013-2014 budget. That money would be distributed among the 11 existing schools and tied to performance. But the amount is also notable because is it quivalent to the amount universities would receive if they increased tuition by the maximum 15 percent allowable by state law. At the most recent Florida Board of Governors meeting, members said they would consider forgoing tuition increases if the state granted this $118 million request.

Link to Full Article: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/12/legislators-weigh-in-on-tuition-increases-ahead-of-universities-funding-announcement.html