Flagship publics

Wanted: A Dependable Backer

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With states supporting a smaller share of public universities' budgets, should the federal government step in?

New Chief for Research University Group

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AAU selects Rawlings, former president of Cornell and Iowa, to lead association at time that institutions -- especially public ones, he says -- are "challenged."

Why They Move

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In tough budget times, departures of top faculty set off debates over how to retain and lure away the best -- especially at flagships that appear targets for raids.

What's Next for Wisconsin?

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For much of 2011, Wisconsin has been a leading actor in politically tinged dramas about higher education. In February, the battle over collective bargaining rights of public employees erupted (it remains unresolved), with those who work in higher education among the affected.


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