State policy

Limited Education Behind Bars

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Restricted Internet access and inadequate government funding hinder postsecondary programs in prisons and increase recidivism, report says.

Community College If You Can Pay

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California considers letting campuses set much higher tuition rate for some programs. Would shift help wealthier students, make the colleges more competitive with for-profits, or both?

So You Say You're Broke?

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Hearing that the University of California system had $2.5 billion in “unrestricted net assets” on hand in 2010 could make anyone question the necessity of the 32 percent tuition hike that has been proposed, or the 11 to 26 furlough days that more than 100,000 employees were forced to take in 2009.

Dodging a Bullet

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Texas lawmakers fail to pass a controversial bill, previously seen as a sure thing, that would have let people carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

Policy Progress vs. Protecting Privacy

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In commenting on changes to federal rules governing access to students' educational records, advocates argue that that's the choice.

WGU Lassoes Texas

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Lone Star State becomes the latest to embrace Western Governors U.'s competency-based model.

No Going Back

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Congress may yet block an Education Department rule requiring colleges to obtain state authorization, but the state regulations themselves won’t vanish so easily.

Model of the Moment

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Some states see the online, competency-based Western Governors U. as a way to boost college completion rates without increasing higher ed spending; some professors see it as a parasite, not a panacea.

The Sinking States

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Appropriations for higher education are down again this year, study finds, and only stimulus funds that have now run out prevented deeper cuts.

Student Aid Remains a State Priority

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Annual survey shows that even as state economies tanked in 2008-9, spending on financial aid grew (a little).

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