Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2019
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
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Public college and university leaders will enter a more optimistic state policy landscape in 2019, stemming from strong state revenue forecasts and a new class of political leaders who campaigned on proposals to expand college access, enhance college affordability and address workforce development needs. However, intense competition for state resources, continued concern over appropriate policy responses to state demographic shifts, and growing anxiety over market volatility and the prospect of an economic downturn will temper this optimism. In this regard, this report points out some higher education state policy issues for 2019.