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Colorado colleges can double-count merit scholars to grow non-resident enrollment

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New Colorado law – nominally about merit scholarships – is a backdoor way to let public universities enroll more out-of-state students without raising the state’s statutory cap on out-of-state students.

Distribution of New Jersey's $1.3 billion higher ed bond raising multiple issues

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New Jersey’s opaque process of divvying up $1.3 billion in state money for capital projects leaves many unhappy with the proposed plans. But few “best practices” exist.

Moody's report calls into question all traditional university revenue sources

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Every university funding source is under pressure, Moody’s asserts, meaning that all institutions -- even the elites -- need to rethink their business models.

Tepid endowment returns pose another revenue constraint to universities

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Finance officials say languid endowment returns are another revenue constraint for colleges and universities, driving more discussion about cuts.

Long Island University overspending on financial aid reflects affordability concern

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Long Island U. is latest college to face budget problems after overspending on financial aid, a reflection of how the affordability crisis is squeezing institutions.

Sallie Mae survey highlights a changing marketplace for students

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Recently released Sallie Mae survey shows decreased willingness to pay for some forms of higher education, but the news might not be as bad for all institutions as it seems.

University of Toledo to appoint former finance chief as provost

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U. of Toledo set to appoint former finance chief to the top academic post, an unconventional career move causing concern among faculty members.

Wofford finds new revenue letting nearby medical students pay to use campus

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Wofford lets nearby medical school pay for students to use campus facilities, highlighting potential revenue stream for liberal arts colleges that don't want to change their missions.

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.

Dartmouth investments in board members' firms raise questions about disclosure requirements

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Allegation that Dartmouth's board behaved unethically when it invested with firms managed by members raises questions about whether disclosure laws should do more to discourage such behavior.

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