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Currently, no data exist on states’ commitment to the humanities departments of the nation’s postsecondary institutions. At best, indicators on this topic can describe state appropriations for higher education only generally, suggesting the type of environment in which humanities departments on the campuses of public colleges and universities must compete with other fields for funding.

IV-07a: State Funding for Higher Education (Public and Independent), Fiscal Years 1965–2015 (Adjusted for Inflation)

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* For years 1965 to 1999, the amounts given are for higher education tax appropriations only, although several states fund their colleges and universities with other monies, such as cattle-grazing fees and lottery revenues. The amounts given for years 2000 to 2015 include these additional funds.
** Funds made available to states under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (commonly known as the “Stimulus”). Although not apparent from the chart (due to the scale of the vertical axis), states received $125,538 million (2015 dollars) in ARRA funds for fiscal year 2012.
Source:For fiscal years 1965–1999: Illinois State University, College of Education, “Grapevine: Historical Data,” http://education.illinoisstate.edu/grapevine/historical/, accessed 6/3/2016. For fiscal years 2000–2015: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, “State Higher Education Finance: FY 2015,” http://www.sheeo.org/projects/shef-—-state-higher-education-finance, accessed 6/3/2016. Funding figures were adjusted for inflation using the Commonfund Higher Education Price Index for fiscal year 2015.

See http://education.illinoisstate.edu/grapevine/method/ for a description of the data collection methodology.

IV-07b: State Funding for Higher Education, by State, Fiscal Year 2016

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Source: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) Project, “SHEF Interactive Data,” online data visualization (via Tableau Public), https://public.tableau.com/profile/sheeo#!/vizhome/SHEFInteractiveStateData_1/About, accessed 6/1/2016.

See the “Data Adjustments” tab of the visualization for information as to how the data were adjusted to facilitate meaningful interstate comparisons.

IV-07c: Percentage Change Fiscal Years 2008–2015 in State and Local Funding for Public Higher Education, by State (Adjusted for Inflation)

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Source: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) Project, “State-by-State Change Charts,” http://www.sheeo.org/sites/default/files/State_by_State_Change_Charts_FY15.xlsx, accessed 6/7/2016.

See the “Data Adjustments” tab of the visualization for information as to how the data were adjusted for inflation and to facilitate meaningful interstate comparisons.

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