As of fiscal year 2010, Grapevine has been produced by Illinois State University’s Center for the Study of Education Policy in cooperation with the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO). The Grapevine survey has been consolidated with the annual survey used by SHEEO in its State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) project. This consolidated questionnaire asks for data that are compiled in a new State Support for Higher Education Database. This database, in turn, is used to produce both the annual Grapevine tables, which provide a first look at state appropriations for the new fiscal year, and the annual SHEF report, which offers a more complete examination of trends in total state support for higher education, factoring in inflation and enrollment.
The data for fiscal year 2016-17 (FY17) were collected by Sophia Laderman of SHEEO. The consolidated questionnaire included three sections from which the Grapevine data were drawn:
This section asked for revisions (if any) to information reported in earlier surveys on ARRA funds allocated to higher education in fiscal years 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12. These ARRA funds included
In this section, states were asked to provide data on appropriations from state government taxes to institutions for operations and other higher education activities. States were asked to provide data for the new fiscal year (2016-2017) as well as revisions (if necessary) to data on file for previous fiscal years. In addition to data on funding for four-year colleges and universities, the instructions asked states to include
States were asked to exclude
In this section, states were asked to provide data on state monies—other than tax appropriations—that are allocated to higher education. States were asked to provide data for the new fiscal year (2016-2017) as well as revisions (if necessary) to data on file for previous fiscal years. Specific data elements in this section of the questionnaire included:
In addition, this section of the questionnaire asked for data on (a) appropriations that will, in all likelihood, have to be returned to the state and (b) portions of multiyear appropriations in the current year that are to be spread over other years. Both were subtracted from state totals.
Different practices among the 50 states make it impossible to eliminate all inconsistencies and to ensure absolute comparability among states and institutions. In addition, the annual percent changes recorded for each state do not necessarily reflect the annual percent changes in funding for individual institutions or for specific higher education sectors (e.g., community colleges and universities) within states.