The number of students in U.S. colleges and universities is expected to grow 14% by 2009, to 16.3 million. That is likely to increase the money crunch at many public institutions. A look at recent trends, by the numbers:
State Appropriations for Higher Education
% change, 1997-98 to 1998-99
+9% and above CA OK MO KY VA FL DE MA
+5% to +8%
ID IL UT IN AZ MS CO AL NM GA NE NC KS NY MN CT IA RI AR ME
0% to +4%
AK MI WA TN OR OH NV WV MT SC...