SHEEOState Higher Education Executive Officers
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When a state's response to a particular SHEEO survey question was less informative than desired, we reviewed the state's laws and regulations to clarify the answer.
That just four states have cost data that are sufficiently detailed to be included in the SHEEO study illustrates just how far higher education cost accounting has to go.
Appended are: (1) Enrollment Trends in American Higher Education and Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP 1954 to 2010; (2) A Brief Excerpt from "Basic Conclusions and Recommendations of the President's Commission on Higher Education" John Dale Russell, 1949; and (3) A Capsule History of SHEEO as a Professional Association.
2001 to 2005 was a very difficult period in many states, and the country as a whole," says Paul Lingenfelter, SHEEO president.
Questioning whether the college graduation gap and low graduation rates can be attributed to state cutbacks in higher-education spending, Lingenfelter quoted a recent SHEEO study showing that since 1970, state support nationally has kept pace with substantial enrollment growth and inflation (as measured by the Consumer Price Index).
Table 3 on page 6 shows the average of the Florida, Ohio, and Illinois cost per credit hour in the largest disciplines, as presented in the SHEEO report.
In 2010, state and local appropriations for higher ed hit the lowest level in 25 years, $6,451 per fulltime equivalent, according to State Higher Education Executive Officers, or SHEEO.
Figure 6, derived from SHEEO data, shows that enrollment increased rapidly during the period from 1986 to 2007.
Appended are: (1) Carnegie Classification Institution Types; and (2) SHEEO Groupings of Program Areas Based on 2-Digit CIP Codes.
The "2010-11 State Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance Policies" survey was administered in late summer 2010 by the national association of SHEEO.
After subsequent conversations with Jane Wellman, Executive Director of the Delta Cost Project, and SHEEO representatives from four states with substantial cost study data over many years (Florida, Illinois, New York-SUNY, and Ohio), a "meta-analysis" of data from those four states was launched to explore some fundamental issues: (1) By how much do costs vary among disciplines, levels of instruction, and types of institution?
Recognizing the value such a study would have for its members, the national association of State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) created a survey tailored to fit the needs and interests of the SHEEO community as well as satisfy the requirements of the contract with the Center.