Monday, January 09, 2006

Wisconsin pathetic on higher education spending.

The annual survey of state spending on higher education came to my attention tdoay. (called Grapevine)

It demonstrates how bad the situation for higher education is here in Wisconsin. I had always assumed (even after the last few years) that this was a state that cared about producing an educated and skilled population. Apparently I was dead wrong.

Wisconsin is 30th in per capita spending on higher education, and rates in the bottom 12 in every category of spending changes over the past 10 years.

Here is a table of data of midwestern states, drawn from all the data at the site above. You can see Wisconsin is second from the bottom among midwestern states for the past ten years:

STATES 1-yr Change 2-yr Change 5-yr Change 10-yr Change
Illinois -2.6% -3.2% -3.8% 31.4%
Indiana 0.9% 5.2% 11.5% 46.4%
Iowa 4.9% 5.7% -8.4% 15.7%
Michigan 3.3% 1.7% -9.2% 20.3%
Minnesota 7.2% 6.1% 1.2% 28.0%
Ohio 0.5% 2.0% -3.2% 26.7%
Wisconsin 2.5% 1.5% -3.3% 16.5%
Totals 5.3% 9.7% 9.9% 50.1%

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