- A special report from the Chronicle of Higher Education finds that public money for higher education has been sliding for decades, with the burden shifting toward students.
- One analysis mentioned suggests that if the funding trends continue, some states could stop supporting higher ed entirely within decades — although some projections stretch that into the 2100s.
- An interactive feature allows exploration of how state and federal support has declined at more than 600 public colleges and universities since 1987.
One aspect tied to lower government funding is the role of university president as fundraiser. The article highlights Bruce D. Benson, president of the University of Colorado — the state projections put as the first state where public funding could dry up altogether if current trends continue. That could happen as soon as 2022.