The American Association of Colleges and Universities has a new study out offering a sobering glimpse into how Washington stacks up nationwide when it comes to funding its four-year public universities.

Long story short, cuts to the state appropriation in Washington for fiscal year 2012 are the third deepest in the nation at 23 percent. And it’s getting some ink here, here and here.

So while it’s true that the national economic slump created a budget crisis in all but a few states, only Arizona and New Hampshire saw deeper cuts to their four-year public university systems.