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WICHE transfer passport is based on proficiency rather than credits

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A multistate transfer agreement is based on proficiency rather than course credits, which might open the door further for models that do not rely on seat time.

Ohio State President Gordon Gee retires amid controversy

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Ohio State President Gordon Gee, who served six presidencies over 32 years, is retiring amid controversial statements. Whether or not it was the remarks that forced Gee’s retirement, his legacy will likely be large.

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.

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp to become provost at Washington University in St. Louis

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Outgoing chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill will become provost at Washington University, an uncommon move that reinforces a trend of public university administrators finding a home in private higher ed.

University of California rethinks how it funds campuses

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The University of California system is changing the way it funds its 10 campuses to equalize per-student appropriations.

North Carolina governor joins chorus of Republicans critical of liberal arts

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North Carolina governor becomes the latest Republican to question the value of liberal arts, push more vocational training and target the state's flagship.

Nonprofit colleges spark new competition online, study finds

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Nonprofit colleges are moving into for-profits' turf online, study finds, sparking new competition based on price and brand.

Med schools are a target for universities seeking prestige and new revenues

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Several prominent universities, driven by revenue and prestige concerns, are building or merging with medical schools at a furious pace.

U.Va. and other leadership controversies show that tenured faculty can still wield influence

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U.Va. controversy and other leadership disputes show that, in particular instances, organized, tenured professors can still wield significant influence in direction of institutions.

Trustees are different than they used to be, and U.Va.-like clashes will be more common

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Boards are different than they used to be. Expect more incidents like the one at the University of Virginia.

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