Vermont customarily ranks near the bottom in its fiscal support for public higher education.
The state’s public higher education chiefs sometimes remind legislators of that fact, even as they express gratitude for what they do get from state government, when they make their annual appearance before the House Appropriations Committee.
This year, however, the three top executives did not mention Vermont’s dismal ranking, perhaps because the expected appropriation is slightly up for the first time in several years. They did, however, express their usual appreciation for what is still a level of funding that is among the lowest in the country.
“We’re very, very pleased with the governor’s recommendation,” said Don Vickers, president and CEO of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. “It’s the first increase we’ve experienced in four years.”