State policy

California lawmakers target students and faculty to pass tax hike measure

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California politicians are targeting students and faculty members to support a ballot measure that, by raising taxes, could stave off cuts to higher education and tuition hikes.

Remediation may serve useful purposes, study finds

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Remediation isn't working, but it's not all that discouraging to students and might serve other purposes, a study finds -- such as helping colleges cope with overenrolled regular courses.

Vermont group proposes making more of flagship university's board private

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Debate over U. of Vermont board raises question: Does a state need politicians appointing trustees to assure the right mission?

Gainful employment's hazy next steps

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In wake of for-profit colleges' court victory on "gainful employment" rules, will Education Department appeal or just revise rules -- and snare more institutions in the process?

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.

NRC report calls for greater investment and improved efficiency for research universities

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U.S. research universities' global dominance will be threatened in coming years unless governments invest more and universities become more efficient and better educate under-represented groups, according to new National Research Council report.

University of California faces questions about its governance structure

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The University of California system is facing questions about whether its centralized governing structure is still optimal, but some wonder whether more independence would be good for all campuses or just a few.

LSU president's dismissal shows influence of politics in university leadership

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LSU system president's dismissal shows that politics might limit what public university leaders say in public. Does that change what makes for a good president?

San Jose State University gets more selective, reluctantly

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San Jose State University gets more selective for local students, citing budget cuts and enrollment pressure, while 15 other Cal State campuses are at least partially overcrowded.

Public universities will take on more debt as states decrease spending on capital projects

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With state lawmakers unwilling to fund capital projects at colleges and universities, public institutions increasingly turn to debt to finance construction and maintenance.

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