State Relations

April 14, 2011

Higher Education Opportunity Act: A roadmap for the future?

House Bill 1795, which is before the House Ways & Means Committee, “attempts to help our state’s two and four year institutions of higher education manage their way through this Great Recession,” according to its sponsor, Rep. Reuven Carlyle.

The bill gives institutions of higher education four years of tuition setting authority to help offset the dramatic cuts to their base state budget. Also according to Carlyle, “it moves from an input to an output based system of funding with genuine accountability for degree production and not merely student enrollments.” The bill also would provide financial aid for the middle class, what he calls “largest expansion of financial aid for the middle class in state history.”

Read more about the bill on Rep. Carlyle’s blog.