EDUCATION: Enrollment up, funding down in higher ed

The Times Board of Economists - update by Micah Pollak, Professor, Indiana University Northwest
2014-02-02T00:00:00Z 2014-02-02T00:05:53Z EDUCATION: Enrollment up, funding down in higher edVanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244 nwitimes.com

Higher education is going through a push-and-pull with attendance and funding.

Because the economy is not doing well, many people have returned to college for more schooling. On the down side, state funding has been cut, said Micah Pollak, an economics professor at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. 

"Because of the recession, enrollment has been going up a lot nationwide, especially in Indiana," he said.

Between 2007 and 2012, the number of full-time equivalent students went up 17.5 percent in Indiana, compared to 15.5 percent nationally, Pollak said, citing data from the State Higher Education Finance report for fiscal year 2012.

"You're think that would be good for universities because of higher enrollment, but the state has decreased how much they're spending on higher education quite a bit," he said.

During the same time frame, state appropriations for higher education dropped 17.8 percent in Indiana, compared to 23 percent nationwide.

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