Flagships tend to be the best-resourced and the most academically rigorous and selective public college option in their states, the researchers note, and they have the imperative to be accessible to all residents.
«In order to follow through on that promise, (flagships) need to make sure resources are devoted toward low-income students who need financial support in order to access college,» said Mamie Voight, IHEP’s vice president of policy research and a co-author of the report.
State funding for higher education fell an average of 16% per student from 2008 to 2018, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Just four states spent more on higher ed in 2018 than they did in 2008.
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