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Trickle-Down Economic Duress

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Months of national fiscal strain have had little direct impact on most colleges so far. As liquidity crisis intensifies, a few signs of actual distress begin to emerge in higher education.

Pulling the Plug on a Struggling Program

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After losing $1 million a year on an outpost in Fort Wayne, Taylor U. will shutter branch campus's traditional undergraduate operation, affecting 300 students and 120 faculty and staff.

Nevada College Chancellor Asks U.S. for $3 Billion Bailout

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With state facing major deficit and painful budget cuts, head of university system says Nevadans are just as deserving as Wall Street firms getting federal aid.

'Accreditation Lite' for International Recruiting Agents

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In the realm of international student recruiting, “A lot of agents will just send out blanket e-mails to universities saying, ‘Oh, I would like to be your representative,’ ” says Sabine Klahr, director of international programs at Boise State University. “We don’t answer those e-mails typically."

“There are no standards at this point,” Klahr explains. “You could work with agents throughout the world who are not" -- she pauses, searching for the right word -- "they are not reputable business people, essentially. How do you know that you can trust them?”

War of Words on Investments in Israel

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Student group says Hampshire is the first U.S. college to divest on behalf of Palestinians; college says its decision to transfer money from one fund to another was not about the Middle East.

A Bad Budget That Could Have Been Worse

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As California leaders end impasse, plan to close huge gap cuts hundreds of millions in college operating support, but spares student aid and funds community college enrollment growth.

Threat to Online Learning -- From New York's Tax Department?

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In a move that could prove a harbinger of things to come, a New York agency now contends that a distance education course is subject to state sales tax.

Private Conversations

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U. of Toledo professors object as administrators negotiate plan for for-profit company to provide courses in exchange for a share of tuition revenue.

How to View the Market

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In podcast interview, TIAA-CREF investment guru shares perspectives on the economic mess -- and how it may change (or not change) the strategies of academics at all stages of their careers.

Following the Money in New Mexico

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Questions about administrative growth, use of resources, "corporatization," and shared governance are at root of faculty-administration conflicts.

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