Higher education spending has escalated at astonishing rates but this spending remains virtually unanalyzed.
Although there is broad acceptance that states benefit from strong higher education institutions, we need to understand what states are getting for their investments.
Using the same methods of fiscal analysis that we have applied to K-12 districts and schools—tracing real dollar expenditures to their final use—CRPE researchers are exposing new options for improving the productivity of higher education.
Public universities across the country are shifting more spots to nonresidents (who pay higher tuitions) in order to plug budget gaps. This case study examines admissions data at the University of Washington in order to quantify the effect on admissions standards for residents versus nonresidents.
This analysis argues that in the current fiscal climate, districts should rethink automatically paying teachers for master's degrees, and consider how money could instead be channeled into compensation in ways that lead to improved student performance.