BILL CRAWFORD: Is out-of-state student growth good for taxpayers?

As universities demand higher appropriations from the Legislature and more bond money for new buildings, are legislators aware much of this will go to fund out-of-state student growth?

In 2013, IHL adopted a new formula for allocating state appropriations. The formula, driven significantly by student credit hours generated by each university, includes credit hours generated by out-of-state students, but does discount them by 15 percent.

Since state appropriations for universities aren’t growing significantly, the more students there are in the formula the less money each institution gets per student. Are legislators aware how much the allocation per in-state student has fallen?

Daily Journal
12/11/16