by David Safier
Arizona's colleges and universities made it into the top 10 — for the largest cuts to our higher education system. Since 2007, our funding went down 35% at the same time enrollment went up 20%. I'll let a math major figure out the per student cut percentages.
Arizona is part of a national trend of higher ed cuts.
“Tuition revenues [nationwide] are up substantially due to higher prices and more enrollments, but not enough to offset losses of public funding,” said Paul Lingenfelter, president of SHEEO. “Students are paying more, while public institutions are receiving substantially less money to educate them.”