The Challenge to States: Preserving College Access and Affordability in a Time of Crisis
(March 10, 2009)
Policy Alert: Course Redesign Improves Learning and Reduces Cost by Carol A. Twigg (June 2005). Policy Alert is a publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue offers persuasive data that show how course redesign using information technology can reduce cost and increase student learning.
College Affordability in Jeopardy (February 2003, Supplement to Winter 2003, National CrossTalk). This report is the first to look at what has happened state-by-state to public tuition and fees, state appropriations for higher education, state student financial aid, and personal income for fiscal years 2002 and 2003 (as of December, 2002).
The Affordability of Higher Education: A Review of Recent Survey Research, by John Immerwahr (May 2002, #02-4). This review of recent surveys by Public Agenda confirms that Americans feel that rising college prices threaten to make higher education inaccessible for many people.
Losing Ground: A National Status Report on the Affordability of American Higher Education (May 2002, #02-3). This national status report documents the declining affordability of higher education for American families, and highlights public policies that support affordable higher education. Provides state-by-state summaries as well as national findings.
b. State Budget Outlooks and Economic Downturns
Postsecondary Education Spending Priorities for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (February 2009). The Delta Cost Project, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and National Center for Higher Education Management Systems have released recommendations for state policymakers on making the best use of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to protect access and success in higher education.
Policy Alert: State Shortfalls Projected to Continue Despite Economic Gains by Dennis Jones (February 2006). Policy Alert is a publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue finds that even though state fiscal conditions have generally improved, all 50 states face projected budget deficits into the next decade. As a result, higher education budgets will likely confront ongoing balancing pressures.
Policy Alert: State Shortfalls Projected Throughout the Decade (February 2003) Policy Alert is a publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue finds that states, and higher education in particular, are likely to face very tight budget conditions for the next decade. These findings are based on eight-year projections that update the work of Harold Hovey.
Coping with Recession: Public Policy, Economic Downturns, and Higher Education, by Patrick M. Callan (February 2002, #02-2). Outlines the major policy considerations that states and institutions of higher education face during economic downturns.
Policy Alert: State Shortfalls Projected Despite Current Fiscal Prosperity (February 2000). Policy Alert is a new publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This February issue represents a shorter version of the National Center report State Spending for Higher Education in the Next Decade by Harold Hovey on the fiscal outlook for the states.
State Spending for Higher Education in the Next Decade: The Battle to Sustain Current Support, by Harold A. Hovey (July 1999, #99-3). This fiscal forecast of state and local spending patterns finds that the vast majority of states will face significant fiscal deficits over the next eight years, which will in turn lead to increased scrutiny of higher education in almost all states, and to curtailed spending for public higher education in many states.
Financing a College Education: How It Works, How It's Changing, by Jacqueline E. King.
Our chapter: "State Policy Response to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997," Kristin D. Conklin and Joni E. Finney, March 1999, 240 pages, $34.95, ISBN 1-57356-177-0, American Council on Higher Education, Series in Higher Education, Oryx Press, to order call 800-225-5800, or online at
Public and Private Financing of Higher Education: Shaping Public Policy for the Future, edited by Patrick M. Callan and Joni E. Finney with Kathy Reeves Bracco and William R. Doyle, October 1997, 256 pages, $39.95, ISBN 1-57356-555-5, American Council on Higher Education, Series in Higher Education, Oryx Press, to order call 800-225-5800, or online at