The new North-South divide: public higher education

Recent data shows that southern states have been disproportionately cutting spending on public higher education, forcing tuition increases that make their colleges and universities among the least affordable for the poorest families – who already face some of the nation’s highest poverty rates, writes Timothy Pratt for The Hechinger Report.

This contributes to falling enrolment in states already struggling with some of the nation’s lowest percentages of residents with college educations.

Three of the five states that have most reduced their funding per public college and university student from 2008 to 2016 are southern, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, DC-based non-partisan research institute. Louisiana led the way among these southern states with a 39% decrease, followed by South Carolina and Alabama.
Full report on The Hechinger Report site