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New Law Requires Public Colleges to Extend Tuition Breaks to Veterans

New Law Requires Public Colleges to Extend Tuition Breaks to Veterans | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"[T]he Veterans' Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 (HR 3230) requires [public] institutions to charge in-state tuition to veterans—regardless of how long they have lived in the state—within three years of the veterans’ discharge from active duty. Some dependents of veterans would also be eligible for the resident rates. Universities that do not offer the reduced rates could become ineligible to receive federal veteran-education dollars."

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But ... "Some public colleges say the new law will force institutions to shoulder an expensive burden. In June the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities implored Congress to let public institutions set their own prices, calling the tuition measure 'essentially an allocation of state, not federal, resources.'"

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SUNY chancellor seeks additional funds for capital improvements, hospitals and community colleges

SUNY chancellor seeks additional funds for capital improvements, hospitals and community colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In an Executive Budget hearing Thursday on higher education, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher sounded enthusiastic about embarking on several new initiatives
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SCUP–49 keynoter Nancy Zimpher has a way with the state legislature: "As it does every year, the Executive Budget brings with it exciting new opportunities for SUNY as well as a few challenges that we would like to see addressed."

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Higher Ed Performance-based Funding and Completion Metrics

Higher Ed Performance-based Funding and Completion Metrics | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

While some schools are making changes to boost student outcomes, Finney says it is too early to know how institutions will change in the long term in response to performance-based funding. "Strong state-level data systems are necessary to determine changes in performance and to make adjustments accordingly," she says. "States vary in terms of the sophistication of their student unit record systems. This must be carefully aligned with the outcomes they hope that institutions will strive for."


"Any financial policy involves a series of trade-offs," says Tennessee's Deaton. While he and other state education leaders believe the positives of performance-based funding "far outweigh the negatives," he also says "until the model is road tested, you don't know for sure how it will work out."

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Performance-based funding and measuring outcomes. A review of the states and a clear exposition of the current status by Nancy Mann Jackson in NACUBO's Business Officer magazine.

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Report: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges

"In 2012 alone, the net total impact of community colleges on the U.S. economy was $809 billion in added income, equal to 5.4 percent of GDP. Over time, the U.S. economy will see even greater economic benefits, including $285.7 billion dollars in increased tax revenue as students earn higher wages and $19.2 billion in taxpayer savings as students require fewer safety net services, experience better health, and lower rates of crime.


Students also see a significant economic benefit. For every one dollar a student spends on his or her community college education, he or she sees an ROI of $3.80."

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