and will not be able to support spending increases, causing state appropriations for higher education to suffer.
This according to a new report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Among the factors: Medicaid costs, less federal help, and a loss of state sales tax receipts to Internet commerce.
"For most states, it is difficult to see a future for higher education that recreates the prosperity of the late 1990s," the analysis concludes. "Colleges and universities -- and the students who enroll in them -- are more likely to face continued financial strain."
The late 1990s? When tuition rose by 25% (as opposed to 57% in the early '00s)? That was prosperity? Oh.