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How much funding do states provide at public research universities?

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How much funding do states provide at public research universities?

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State funding for major public research universities per enrolled student: 2010

Main Finding

From 2002 to 2010, per-student state support to the 102 major public research universities with broad educational missions declined by an average of 20% in inflation adjusted dollars.

Key Observations

  • From 2002 to 2010, state funds for operating expenses of all public institutions of higher education increased by 21%. For the major public research universities, state operating funds increased by only 8%, resulting in a smaller share of total operating funds paid by states in 2010 (19%) compared to 2002 (28%).
  • Between 2002 and 2008, total enrollment at the major public research universities increased by 8% and undergraduate enrollment at all public 4-year institutions increased by 22%.
  • In all but 7 states, per-student state funding was either flat or declined between 2002 and 2010. In 10 states, the decline ranged from 30% to 48%.
  • Wyoming, Alaska, North Carolina, Tennessee, and New York were the top 5 states in terms of state spending per student at the major public research universities. Between 2002 and 2010, New York and Wyoming increased their funds per student by more than half.
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