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More Students, More Degrees, More Dollars

BY Laura Anderson
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Marguerite Roza, Alicia Kinne, Patrick Murphy, and Betheny Gross

May 2013

Cuts to state support for higher education have prompted some universities to raise tuition, admit more out-of-state students, and increase enrollment to close budget gaps. This analysis compares these three strategies in public flagship universities, first in terms of the relative magnitude needed to close a gap in state funds, and then in terms of the extent to which they contribute to degree production for students in their state. A previous version of this paper was released under the title “How Public Universities Close Budget Gaps Matters For States” by the Center on Reinventing Public Education in December 2012.


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