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2 Christian colleges announce merger

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Montreat and Point -- both Christian colleges -- announce plans to combine operations under the Point name. Online reaction from Montreat alumni is swift and negative.

Obama vows to 'shake up' higher education and find new ways to limit costs

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President Obama vows to issue "aggressive strategy" to deal with the rising prices of higher education. Some academics question emphasis on efficiency.

Ohio State president steered state policy for two years thanks to a relationship with the governor

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A personal relationship between Governor John Kasich and Ohio State's Gordon Gee has helped shape state higher education policy. Many institutions stand to benefit -- but Ohio State’s potential long-term gains stand out.

Museums look for university partners to put them on viable financial path

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As museums face increased financial pressure, many are asking universities to either strike partnerships with them or even take them over -- moves they hope will stabilize finances.

UC business schools see different levels of resistance to innovation plans

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UCLA wins approval to make M.B.A. program self-sufficient, which the school sees as key to long-term success. The UCLA plan remains controversial, but Berkeley’s Haas School has changed its business model with much less resistance.

Virginia audit seeks to find what's driving up college costs

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Virginia audit agency is exploring cost drivers in higher education, placing an initial target on auxiliary services. The multiyear review could influence the national discussion, but finance researchers urge a more sophisticated analysis.

Justice Department launches investigation into merit aid talks

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Justice Department investigation into whether merit aid discussions violate antitrust rules highlights the barriers that private colleges face in dialing back the practice and the unclear laws under which they operate.

Colorado colleges can double-count merit scholars to grow non-resident enrollment

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New Colorado law – nominally about merit scholarships – is a backdoor way to let public universities enroll more out-of-state students without raising the state’s statutory cap on out-of-state students.

Appropriations increases and tuition freezes reshape state funding picture

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With many states' economies rebounding, lawmakers are increasing funding for higher education and holding down tuition prices. Are things returning to a pre-recession normal, or simply taking another step toward a new model?

Distribution of New Jersey's $1.3 billion higher ed bond raising multiple issues

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New Jersey’s opaque process of divvying up $1.3 billion in state money for capital projects leaves many unhappy with the proposed plans. But few “best practices” exist.

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