As Deputy Director, Research and Analysis for WCET, Russ Poulin organizes information-sharing activities among WCET's members and edits WCET's Frontiers blog. Recently, Russ has lead national responses on new federal distance education regulations. Russ coordinates WCET's research on the management of online learning, works on elearning consortia issues, and consults on WICHE's Adult College Completion Network. Previously, Russ coordinated distance education activities for the North Dakota University System. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master's in Statistics and Research Methodology from the University of Northern Colorado. Contacts: @RussPoulin or email@example.com
Colorado is one of the most educated states in the nation, ranking high in the percentage of adults who attended college and hold bachelor's degrees. But state funding for higher education isn't what it used to be -- according to the American Council on Education, state support shrank nearly 70 percent between 1980 and 2011. The same study says funding could dry up completely by 2019; so perhaps it's no coincidence that the revenue public colleges and universities here get from tuition has increased every year since 2007.