Some issues are perennial in nature, while others reflect attention to near-term circumstances.

Lecture-HallPresented in the report are the top 10 issues most likely to affect public higher education across the 50 states in 2011, according to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). This listing is informed by an environmental scan of the economic, political and policy landscape surrounding public higher education, as well as a review of recent state policy activities and trends. Some issues are perennial in nature, while others reflect attention to near-term circumstances (i.e., the aftermath of the Great Recession). The influence of any given issue will, of course, vary considerably across individual states.

#1 — State Operating Support for Public Higher Education
#2 — States’ College Completion and Educational Attainment Agendas
#3 — College Readiness
#4 — Tuition Prices and Policy
#5 — State Student Aid Program Financing
#6 — Student Enrollment Capacity
#7 — State Data System Development
#8 — Economic and Workforce Development
#9 — States’ Political Climate
#10 — States’ Regulatory Framework

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Source: AASCU State Relations and Policy Analysis Research Team | American Association of State Colleges and Universities