George Mason among National Leaders in State Support

Posted: December 15, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University received a 24 percent increase in state support in 1999, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. In the Dec. 17 issue, George Mason is listed as receiving $99,838 in state appropriations, the third highest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ranked first and second in terms of percentage of increase are Longwood College (28 percent) and Mary Washington College (25 percent).

The only institutions of higher learning in the nation with comparable increases in state support are Texas State Technology College (36 percent) and Midwestern State University (26 percent) in Texas, and Oregon Health Sciences University (27 percent) in Oregon.

Nationally, state support of colleges and universities increased by 7 percent in 1999. In Virginia, state support increased by 14 percent or $1.4 million, the Chronicle reported. Virginia is ranked 12th in the nation in terms of 1999-2000 appropriations and fourth in the nation in terms of one-year changes. Virginia is one of 21 states with a biennial budget.

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