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Truth in numbers? Two ways to look at higher ed funding

February 19, 2018 GMT

Nebraska looks good

This chart, with numbers from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, combines dollar figures from state and local sources for public higher education. It includes property tax revenues, which go to Nebraska’s community colleges, not the university system. This shows the change in funding from 2008 to 2017.

Nebraska looks average

This chart, with numbers from the Illinois State University Center for the Study of Education Policy, includes only state funding for public higher education. It doesn’t include local taxes. This shows the percentage changes in state support for higher education from 2013 to 2018.

Tuition compared with Big Ten and Peer Schools