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Colorado state higher-ed funding lags


Officials in Colorado are wringing their hands because a report finds that spending on state colleges and universities there is lagging behind peer institutions. Here is the Denver Post story.

But is there evidence that students are learning less as a result of Colorado’s relative parsimony? Have the state’s institutions skimped on things that really matter, such as making sure students are good are reading, writing, doing math, and similar abilities that employers want? Or has it found ways to cut out unproductive expenditures that the faculty and administrators like but don’t have much if any educational impact?  I’d bet on the latter, but before the state ladles more money into its system in order to “keep up,” it ought to find out.


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