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1 Overview of System Higher Education Financing in US Robert K. Toutkoushian June 4, 2013

2 My Background Professor of higher education at the Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia (US) Specialize in economics, finance, quantitative research methods Worked as research analyst for U Minnesota, U System of New Hampshire Consult with institutions and state governments on finance-related issues in education

3 Overview of Presentation First presentation: overview of system higher education financing in the United States  Philosophical issues in funding higher education  How does US society pay for higher education?  The role of data in examining funding policies Second presentation (tomorrow): overview of institutional higher education funding in the US  Funding from the perspective of individual institutions

4 Philosophical Issues in Funding Higher education is a resource-dependent service Cost of higher education is paid by individuals  Students / families pay through tuition and fees  Other individuals pay for higher education through taxes that are used by government to cover some portion of cost Question: Who should pay for this service? “Benefits received principle”: Each entity that benefits from the service should pay a portion of the cost equal to their benefit

5 Higher Education Pricing Economist Gordon Winston offered the following description of pricing in higher education: Price = Cost – Subsidy  Price = what students/families pay  Cost = what institutions have to pay to provide services  Subsidy = all non-student revenues (government, donors) Question: How large are higher education benefits for students and society?

6 Private Benefits from Higher Education On average students / families personally benefit when they acquire more education Financial (“market”) private benefits include:  Access to better jobs tied to degree attainment  Higher lifetime earnings, higher spousal earnings  Lower unemployment rates Non-financial (“non-market”) benefits may include:  Greater understanding of the world  Entertainment  Social and personal development

7 Public Benefits from Higher Education Do others in society benefit when some individuals go to college? Argument: If all benefits are private, then the cost should not be subsidized Governments do not subsidize most of the goods and services that individuals buy because the benefits are solely private in nature In US, there is debate as to whether benefits from higher education are mostly private or public

8 Arguments for Government Funding Goal of government: Raise quality of life of citizens Government may intervene in competitive markets when:  Service is a “public good” (non-excludable, non-rival)  Examples: national defense, fireworks displays  If we let others pay for it…creates the “free rider problem”  Government mandates that taxes be used to pay for public goods  Basic research at universities can be thought of as a public good produced by higher education

9 Arguments for Government Funding Government may intervene in competitive markets when:  Service creates “spillover benefits” to others in society  Examples: home improvements, education  Positive benefits from education include higher standard of living, lower crime, more active citizens  Students only consider private benefits when making education choices, and thus less education would be produced than desired  Government provides funding to change student behavior (reduce price paid by student leads more to choose education)

10 Measure of Return to Higher Education Public InstitutionsPrivate Institutions Graduates Non- Graduates All StudentsGraduates Non- Graduates All Students Private Return NPV (0%)$1,246,937$42,719$842,040$1,210,044$34,868$930,916 NPV (3%)$523,571$12,155$352,651$488,013$4,198$376,657 Ratio (0%)18.853.6417.9812.332.4512.69 Ratio (3%)8.881.748.415.791.175.91 IROR (0%)18.1%5.7%17.1%13.7%3.7%13.7% Social Return NPV (0%)$1,621,370$43,599$1,096,526$1,619,007$48,081$1,245,146 NPV (3%)$658,898$2,963$444,886$656,040$7,180$505,995 Ratio (0%)13.072.2512.8812.842.5813.17 Ratio (3%)6.161.086.016.021.236.14 IROR (0%)14.4%3.4%13.9%14.1%4.0%14.1% Estimates of Financial Benefit to Students from Pursuing a Bachelor ’ s Degree in the United States, 2011 (US$) Notes: Values in parentheses denote assumed discount rate for time preference. NPV = net present value of discounted benefits minus costs. Ratio = ratio of discounted benefits to costs. IROR = internal rate of return (non-discounted benefits and costs). Calculations assume that the student is 18 years old and retires at age 65. Gross private benefits include the gain in post-tax incomes over the person ’ s time in the labor market. Gross social benefits use pre-tax incomes in their calculations. Net benefits subtract the average tuition and fees at 4-year public institutions less average grants and scholarships less government revenues that are used for offsetting instructional costs. It is assumed that the student works part-time during college and earns 10% of the income that could be earned if working full-time.

11 Forms of Government Funding in US In US, state governments have primary responsibility for managing higher education systems Federal (national) government  Funding to students based on financial need – 50%  Funding to institutions for research – 50% State (regional) government  Funding to institutions for operations (“block grant”) -- 90% [Funding leads to lower prices]  Funding to students based on need (“need”) – 5%  Funding to students based on performance (“merit”) – 5%

12 Effect of State Government Funding on Price Demand Supply P NR PRPR E Price Enrollments (E) State Government Appropriations Tuition Revenue Nonresidents pay P NR Residents from state pay lower price P R Subsidy only used to lower price for state residents E NR

13 Higher Education Funding States in the US use a variety of approaches to determining how much funding to provide higher education institutions: 1. Formula to meet planned expenditures (Georgia) 2. Formula to keep pace with peer institutions 3. Formula to reward institutional performance 4. No formula – Funding levels determined through political process each year

14 Example of Expenditure Approach Assumptions in funding formula: 1.Institutions need one faculty member for every 800 credit hours taught 2.Target faculty salary = $70,000/faculty member Cost is affected by (a) assumed ratio of credit hours to faculty, and (b) target faculty salary Funding is based on number of faculty positions needed, providing the government with some oversight on expenditures

15 Illustration of Peer Funding Model PeersTuition + State Funding / Student A$20,000 B$19,000 C$18,000 D$17,000 E$16,000 F$15,000 G$14,500 H$14,000 I$13,500 J$13,000 Target Percentile $/Student for Target Total RevenueTuition Funding State Funding Needed 50 th =$15,500$310,000,000$200,000,000$110,000,000 75 th =$17,750$355,000,000$200,000,000$155,000,000 Suppose that a public institution has 20,000 students and charges $10,000 tuition Ten peer institutions (A through J) from other states are chosen Values show revenue from tuition and state funding per student Total revenue needed to reach target (20,000 students x target revenue/student) State funding needed to reach target after subtracting tuition revenue Tuition funding (20,000 students x tuition rate)

16 Performance Funding in the US About half of states have experimented with performance-based funding in US Most have allocated only a small percentage of funding (exception: Tennessee) Georgia is moving to performance-based funding Challenge: How to identify appropriate measures of performance Challenge: When funding is small percentage, may not provide much incentive for change

17 17 Tennessee Higher Education Commission Example of Performance Funding: University of Tennessee Knoxville For Illustration Purposes Only

18 Role of Data in Financial Analysis Crucial to collect data on regular basis about higher education finance issues US government requires institutions to submit specific financial data annually Also many private entities collect & disseminate data Data are made available via reports (Digest of Education Statistics) and databases (IPEDS) Enables tracking of trends, comparing institutions, making projections, testing hypotheses, conducting simulations

19 Revenue CategoryAll Levels4-Year Public2-Year Public Net Tuition and Fees$5,884 (19%)$8,302 (19%)$2,253 (16%) Grants and Contracts$4,580 (15%)$6,935 (16%)$1,044 (7%) State Funding$6,155 (20%)$7,970 (18%)$3,430 (24%) Auxiliary Revenues$2,306 (7%)$3,500 (8%)$513 (4%) All Other Revenues$12,702 (40%)$16,568 (38%)$6,900 (49%) Total$31,627$43,275$14,140 Revenues/Student for Public Colleges, 2010-11 (US$) Average cost of education at 4-year public institutions is over $43,000 (US$) On average, students in the US who attend 4-year public institutions pay about 20% of total cost Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics 2012.

20 Observations: 1.Average tuition rates in public and private not-for-profit institutions have tripled since 1980-81 (even after adjusting for inflation) 2.Tuition rate increases have almost always exceeded inflation by several percentage points Rising Price of Attending College

21 Comparisons of State Funding Selected States State Funding in FY12 (US$) Funding per $1,000 US in Personal Income Funding per Capita National Rank Wyoming337,988,71712.47595.731st North Carolina3,914,552,03211.25405.61 4 Georgia2,635,156,7747.47268.55 16 Kansas739,612,1896.31257.67 20 Minnesota1,283,690,0005.38240.06 25 South Dakota181,016,3764.98219.79 30 Virginia1,624,026,7224.36200.39 35 Nevada473,148,3264.69173.95 40 New Hampshire 82,697,7781.3662.75 50th Totals72,098,316,3705.60231.85 $72 billion (US) spent by state governments on higher education Large variation across states: high = $595/person low = $63/person avg = $231/person Source: Grapevine (research center at Illinois State Univ.)

22 Conclusions Much debate about the “right” share of costs that should be borne by students and governments  Student benefits are sizable and more readily estimated  Societal benefits are difficult to measure  Some elected officials contend government share is too high, education advocates contend government share is too low Important to understand that it takes resources to provide higher education services  Someone has to pay the cost of the service  Ultimately, citizens pay the cost either directly or indirectly

23 Conclusions Data are an essential tool in analyzing education financial issues of interest to policymakers Data in US show that:  Students pay only a fraction of the cost  Student share of costs paid is rising  Large differences in financial support by state governments To examine these are other questions, need to implement a system to collect higher education data on a regular basis and disseminate the data widely

24 Contact Information Email: rtoutkou at uga.edu Institute of Higher Education University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602 USA

25 Instructions for Small Groups Spend next period in small groups discussing selected questions and issues related in some way to higher education finance Can use topics listed on next slide or your own topics Appoint someone to keep notes on main observations, and someone to report back to the larger group after the break Goal: Provide larger group with wider perspectives on issues facing southeastern European higher education systems

26 Possible Topics for Small Groups How do southeastern European nations compare to the US in system-level higher education financing? How can HEISEE examine higher education finance issues in the region? How might the integration of Croatia into the European Union affect its higher education system? What concerns exist in Croatia about the move to performance-based funding for higher education? How can Croatia and other nations in the region provide adequate support for research?


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