Report: Wisconsin Fourth Largest Decline in High-Ed Funding Between 2013 and 2018

A national report on state funding for higher education found Wisconsin to be the fourth largest decline in student expenditure between 2013 and 2018. Mississippi, West Virginia and Oklahoma were the only states to have had major reductions. .

The analysis carried out by the Higher Education State Officers' Association, or SHEEO, looked at higher education funding since the Great Recession. It found that since 2008, educational appropriations fell by more than 24 per cent across the country, mainly due to enrollment increases and a corresponding lack of funding.

But between 2013 and 2018 the report showed that the trend was reversing in most states, and that there was more than a 15 per cent increase in state funds per student in the United States as a whole. Overall, the SHEEO report shows that the states are spending $ 1,000 less per student on average than ever before the big recession.

Wisconsin state funding for higher education did not follow the national trend.

The SHEEO detected between 2013 and 2018 state appropriations per student fell by just over 8 per cent, from $ 7,002 to $ 6,435, while being directed towards the bottom of national ratings.

Oklahoma saw the largest decrease of 19.8 per cent, from $ 7,988 to $ 6,407, between 2013 and 2018. There was a 47 per cent increase in state appropriations between New Hampshire, between 2013 and 2018, from $ 1,909 to $ 2,806.

In an interview with WPR, Sophia Laderman, SHEEO's senior policy analyst until recently, said that Wisconsin continued to closely follow national higher education trends.

"But that's all changed since 2013," Laderman said. "When the rest of the country or most of the state in the country started increasing funding, Wisconsin started looking at cuts."

Laderman said in 2018 that in 2018 Wisconsin spent about $ 1,500 less per student than the national average of $ 7,853 per student.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor with Mark Wone said that at its campus costs had been drastically reduced. That is to state budget 2017-19.

"In the period 2015, 2016, 2017, we have cut under $ 41 million or $ 42 million from our budget," Mone said. "So our faculty and staff have decreased by 13 per cent since 2015, and we have had to cut some programs and reduce things."

Data from the Computer System as a whole shows that the number of faculties at the system 's colleges and universities has decreased since 2014 and that there has been a slight increase in the number of academic teaching staff since 2015.

But Mone said that the current state budget, which the former Republic of Scott Walker introduced, has helped UW-Milwaukee move towards a better financial base.

"What we saw with Gov. Walker in the previous administration was one of the best budgets that UW-M received in the last decade," Mone said. "And I say so on capital budget and operating budget."

The Legislative state included $ 35 million of new funding for System UW in the biannual 2017-19 state budget while freezing teaching increases. This followed a reduction of $ 250 million in the 2015-17 biannual budget.

Democratic Gov suggested Tony Evers increased $ 150 million for UW state campuses in its proposed 2019-21 state budget, together with a $ 2.5 billion capital budget for new construction and refurbishment.

The capital budget includes around $ 2 billion for borrowing for capital projects.

The boys' capital already has a strong resistance among the Republicans who govern the Seanad state and the state Assembly. On 20 March, Republicans rejected the Commission Commission for all projects included in the Evers capital budget.

State Chris Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, said he was concerned that the actions of members of the building commission could predict long expenditure on higher education expenditure.

"We hope this is not a sign to happen with the budget more because the whole state begins to look bad if we lame." The law says the students refuse to do the best, "Larson said.

A request was made for comment on the SHEEO report to nominate Mr Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, who is vice-chairman of the Senate Committee of Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families but not returned by the deadline.


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