College administration

Merit aid makes college more expensive for low income students, report finds

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Use of non-need-based aid in pursuit of tuition revenue and prestige is driving up the cost of college for low-income families, New America Foundation report finds.

Out-of-state enrollment decreases minority, low-income student enrollment

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New paper finds that increases in the proportion of out-of-state students at public research universities lead to declines in the enrollment of minority and low-income students.

Wisconsin system's budget reserves become target for lawmakers

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State lawmakers say the U. of Wisconsin system’s budget balances are excessive. Higher education officials say that criticism is a misreading of how university budgets work. It’s not the first such conflict, and it won’t be the last.

Diversity plays positive and negative roles in University of Kentucky provost search

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After media scrutiny about all the white men in the University of Kentucky administration, two women and a Hispanic male are named finalists in the provost search. Can a public emphasis on diversity undermine the goal?

Votes of no confidence proliferate but their impact seems minimal

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As the number of faculty votes of dissatisfaction with university administrators rises, the influence of such votes seems to wane.

Fossil fuel divestment movement is picking up steam and unlikely to go away

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After winning over boards of some small colleges, movement to divest endowments from fossil fuel companies gains momentum. But while pressure is likely to increase, wealthy institutions worry about financial cost.

University presidents work to increase recognizability with alumni

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Despite social media and alumni magazine profiles, most college alumni don’t know the president of their alma mater. Does that matter?

Purdue's Mitch Daniels is challenging higher education leadership

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Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has an unconventional background for a research university president, but he and Purdue’s board think that is what is needed to address the unconventional issues facing higher education. And he's winning over campus skeptics.

Vanderbilt's singular focus on raising money for aid lowers debt

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Vanderbilt has seen average student debt decline due to “singular focus” on fund raising for need-based financial aid, a potential model for other universities. Hopkins has taken similar approach.

Academics born in India see growth in presidential ranks

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Indian-born academics are seeing their numbers grow in top campus jobs, reflecting internationalization trends over the past 40 years.

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