State policy

The Drive for Revenues and Rankings

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Colleges have become "dramatically more market-oriented," and risk sacrificing important values to the quest for money, warns a report issued Thursday.

"Many academic leaders feel compelled to chase revenues and rankings rather than to focus their efforts on providing a high-quality education," says the report, "Correcting Course: How We Can Restore the Ideals of Public Higher Education in a Market-Driven Era," issued by the Futures Project, a higher education research group based at Brown University.

Call for a New 'Social Compact'

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Colleges need to accept that the "social compact" between higher education and government that led to a century of growth for American higher education is dead and will not return, Larry R. Faulkner said Sunday.

Faulkner, president of the University of Texas at Austin, delivered that message to hundreds of college presidents gathered in Washington for the annual meeting of the American Council on Education. Bemoaning the death of the compact is not of itself earth-shattering -- academics have been complaining along those lines for some time.

Gender Impact

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State efforts to eliminate affirmative action may focus on race, but they can also destroy programs for female students, says a new report.

Trade School Chain Shuts Down

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A for-profit group in Oregon and Washington State -- facing several investigations -- shut  down suddenly at the end of last week.

Work Over Debt

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A study in Iowa suggests that low-income students take less financial aid than they need. Wealthier students, though, take more.

Knowing When to Fold 'Em

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After a week of lobbying failed to win over skeptical lawmakers, the University of Maine System on Friday postponed a plan to fold the University of Maine at Augusta into the University of Southern Maine. In exchange, the merger's leading opponents in the legislature said they would let the system carry out the rest of its strategic plan.

Promises Kept and Broken

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The budget unveiled by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday pleased California's universities but left community colleges a little short.

How to Save a Program

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Two universities work together to try to save a doctoral degree in audiology that one of them abandoned as a money loser.

Supreme Court to Hear Bankruptcy Case Involving Colleges

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4 Va. institutions seek state immunity protection as estate of bankrupt bookstore chain seeks to recoup funds.

The Public Trust

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Higher education leaders plan a three-year, national campaign to shift attitudes and build support.

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