State Higher Education Funding Decreasing
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Mar 20 2014 4:04PM
Predictions from the Chronicle of Higher Education say that state funding for colleges and universities will eventually cease completely.
The Muncie “Star Press” reports the downward trend in state aid to higher education programs is already evident, even in Indiana.
In 1987, the state of Indiana was funding 65 percent of Ball State University’s operating budget. Today that percent is down to 41.
As of 2012, only two Indiana universities were still receiving 50 percent or more of their funding from the state.
Reasons for the decreased aid include increased government spending on Medicaid, increased university spending on administration and athletics, and lack of support from taxpayers due to tax caps.