SHEEO State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) Study of State Support for Higher Education
The State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) report is produced annually by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) to broaden understanding of the context and consequences of multiple decisions made every year in each of these areas. No single report can provide definitive answers to such broad and fundamental questions of public policy, but the SHEF report provides information to help inform such decisions.
SHEF builds on and augments the surveys of various federal agencies. The higher education finance surveys and reports produced by the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education provide extensive institution- level data, which can be aggregated to the sector, state, and national levels. The Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Census Bureau are additional data sources on other aspects of higher education financing and operations. Together these federal sources provide the foundation and reference points for our collective understanding of how we finance higher education and for what purposes.