University of Minnesota chemistry professor and faculty leader Chris Cramer asks the million-dollar higher-ed question in the Star Tribune:
But wait, if we’re now spending less than we did in 1999, why are families having to come up with so many more tuition dollars?
Yep, he says it’s declining state spending.
You can see his charts, numbers and analysis here.
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.