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Charts: Kentucky State Funding to Colleges Since 1999

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Earlier this month, we presented a chart showing tuition increases at Kentucky state colleges since 1980.It led to a good deal of attention because, well, tuition had increased substantially since the Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. Administration.Some wondered also about  the state legislature's funding provided to state universities and colleges. Here's what that looks  from 1999 to the current academic year:These lines represent net general fund allocations to Kentucky's state universities and colleges. The Council on Postsecondary Education provided the data, which wouldn't include allocations for special projects.OK, so how does that compare with those tuition numbers? I pulled out a few examples. First off, the University of Louisville.And the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Now, one caveat with KCTCS—through 2004, Lexington Community College was funded separately. The gray line is an adjusted figure.And let's look at a regional university—Murray State.Here's a direct link to the graphics onstate funding,UofL, KCTCS,andMurray State. A lot goes into questions offunding and budgets and tuition levels—inflation, healthcare costs, and—let's not forget—increased enrollment. But many in higher education look to thestate funding numbers above as a culprit for why tuition keep rising. (And what's happening in Kentuckyisn't happening everywhere.)In the next few days, we'll take a look at per-pupil spending by universities and by the state.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.