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'60s Tactics, New Cause

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Few think the clock will be turned back to the Berkeley of the 1960s, but the protests planned across the University of California today mark a return to the tactics of another era. This time, however, the cause isn’t free speech or an end to war, but instead a response to the university administration’s budget-cutting proposals.

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.

The Ever-Expanding U. of Phoenix

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For-profit giant reports that its enrollment grew to 443,000 as of August, up 22 percent from a year ago. But stock drops as company announces federal inquiry.

Bad Time for Sports Overspending

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Facing furloughs and decimation of academic budgets, Berkeley faculty are dismayed to learn of university loans to fill multimillion-dollar deficits in athletics department -- on top of annual subsidies.

Revenue Dip for Private Colleges

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Institutions worked to maintain enrollment through increased aid and lower tuition increases, but net tuition and fee revenues are expected to fall on many campuses, Moody's reports.

In Search of the Big Idea

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In a day of soul searching at TIAA-CREF's higher ed conference, college leaders wrestle with what lies ahead. A mix of optimism and fear ensues.

The Long Talk Continues

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College leaders at TIAA-CREF conference say reforms are crucial for future of higher ed, but acknowledge they've been saying that for years with little change.

Spoonful of Sugar

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When pressing students to pay $1,000 surcharge, Wisconsin-Madison promised them a say in how money would be spent. That's made hike easier to swallow.

Budget Cutting Strategies Reviewed

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The hardest hit public universities have eliminated staff and contingent faculty slots, but still have "strategic" thinking to do about the long term, an association survey finds.

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.

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