Higher education in Oregon is low on the list for state funding. A new report by the Association of State Higher Education Executive Officers places Oregon as one of the five worst states at funding public colleges and universities.
Since 2007 there's been a surge in enrollment at Oregon's Universities and Community Colleges. Southern Oregon University's enrollment has been breaking records.
At the same time, a tough economy has caused state funding to dwindle. Oregon is cited with the 10th largest drop in the nation for public support per student.
According to the study, Oregon funds about $3,650 per student. The national state average is $6,500.
The study reveals only four other states, Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont and Ohio provided less taxpayer support than Oregon.