State policy

Minnesota, N.Y. bills would require colleges to disclose more about study abroad programs

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Minnesota lawmakers are poised to pass legislation requiring colleges to report on the safety of study abroad programs; bill in New York would mandate disclosure of financial relationships with providers.

State regulators express concern over Education Department's new draft state authorization proposal

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State regulators are concerned that the Education Department's new proposal will impose substantial new burdens on their offices.

Reaction to three states' proposals for tuition-free community college

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Politicians in three states want two years of tuition-free community college. Higher education experts welcome the attention, but worry about unintended consequences.

State higher ed funding rebounds but not yet to where it was before the recession

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Nationally, states are continuing to restore aid to higher ed, but funding is still lower than it was before the recession. 

Pennsylvania's 14-university system feeling the pain of budget cuts and demographic shifts

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The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Ed has already cut academic programs and staff members; now it has to cut more programs and professors. 

Distance education state reciprocity initiative prepares to welcome first members

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An effort to simplify how institutions are authorized to operate in multiple states prepares to invite its first members.

Promising remedial math reform in Tennessee expands

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Tennessee expands a remedial math project that reaches into high schools to boost college readiness, and the state's governor backs the reform with real money.

State funding upturn: familiar pattern or newfound importance for higher ed

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With budgets set in many states, public colleges fare better than in recent years. Does that represent typical trend in a recovering economy, or something more?

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.

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?

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