State policy

Measuring the Dreaded 'P' Word

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Continuing its efforts to identify and encourage new ways to measure higher education performance, the Delta Project on Postsecondary Education Costs, Productivity and Accountability issued a new report Thursday designed to gauge how successfully public colleges in various states use their available resources to produce graduates with credentials that are valued in their markets.

The View From the States

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Leaders of public higher ed systems cheer federal backing of college completion agenda, but acknowledge potential chasm between rhetoric and getting the job done.

An Early Take on SUNY

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The new chancellor, Nancy Zimpher, in the middle of visits to all 64 of its campuses, discusses her emerging agenda in a podcast interview.

No Vacancy

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California's community colleges are being told to enroll more and more students -- even as they cannot find ways to educate and graduate those already there.

Evidence of California's Regulatory Vacuum

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As officials in California have grappled for more than two years with a structure and law for regulating for-profit colleges in the state, there has been much speculation about hypothetical ways in which the expiration of the law governing for-profit regulation could limit the ability of students to seek redress from career colleges f

Accreditation Discrimination

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Wisconsin denies state financial aid to students at Christian university -- not for religious reasons, but because it is not regionally accredited.

Before the Fall

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State and local support for higher education grew 5.7 percent during the last fiscal year -- just before the economy fell apart.

A System Also Rises

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Only a decade old, Louisiana's community colleges are booming and find themselves in an unusual situation -- seen by four-year institutions as legislative favorites.

Defining 'College Ready,' Nationally

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That too many young people come out of high school ill-prepared for college or the work force is little disputed. The questions of why that's so and how to fix the situation, however, have too often resulted in finger pointing, with many college faculty members complaining that high schools are asking too little of their students and high school officials saying that colleges send mixed signals about what they want students to be able to do.

Unprecedented Demand, Dwindling Funding

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Survey of state directors of community college systems finds many experienced midyear state budget cuts last year and expect another round of such cuts in 2010.

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