State policy

Aggressive Plan for State Data Systems

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U.S. Senate plan would have states collect students' test scores and other information and link it to wide range of other systems.

A Leveled Playing Field

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State of Wisconsin agrees to award financial aid to students at small Christian university, reversing previous decision based on institution's accrediting status.

Out-of-State Dreams

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Can more non-resident students (who pay higher tuition) balance budgets of flagship universities? A growing number of institutions think so. Some experts doubt the plans will work; others fear a shift in values.

'Saving Alma Mater'

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The system for financing public higher education is broken -- and not just because of the recession, according to James C. Garland. Having served 10 years as president of Miami University of Ohio, from which he retired in 2006, and 26 years as a professor and administrator at Ohio State University, Garland spent his career in public higher education. And that left him convinced that the sector is absolutely essential -- and operating under many of the wrong incentives.

The Nuclear Option

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Facing a fiscal crisis and little prospect of tax-supported revenue in the near future, Colorado State hypothetically entertains privatization.

Insult to Injury

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Wounded already by budget cuts, 26 states are wrestling with midyear shortfalls that often require quick and undesirable solutions.

Colleges Win on Election Night

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Voters in Texas back expansion of research universities, while tax measures that higher ed opposed fail in Maine and Washington.

The Research/Policy Divide

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At meeting of higher ed researchers, scholars and policy wonks confront an old but still-present question: Can academic work influence decision makers?

Taxing Relationships

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Colleges and businesses often work together, but they’re not always allies on tax policy. A downward economy could test their ties.

'Stop Asking for Money!'

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ORLANDO -- The public college lobbyists and other officials who attended the Higher Education Government Relations Conference here last week heard a steady barrage of downbeat news: Climbing national unemployment figures, tumbling state revenues, and the scary prospect of the funding “cliff” when the economic stimulus money the federal government sent to states to protect education programs runs out.

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