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Buyer's Remorse

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As the University of California grapples with massive budget reductions, the youngest institution in the 10-campus system is once again being forced to defend its very right to exist.

Furloughs, program cuts and layoffs now plague the system, and those draconian measures have many asking whether the university can afford to nurse along the Merced campus, which was born into controversy and still struggles to attract students.

Cruel Irony

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In response to a terrible economic downturn, the University of Southern Mississippi may eliminate its economics department and the professors within it.

Onward Christian Snowboarders

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Recruiting students with ever-increasing recreational offerings, Liberty University’s latest addition is a ski park with year-round “snow.”

Don't (Dis)count Them Out

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The summer headlines had private college trustees sweating. The bottom had fallen out of the economy, tightening credit markets spread fear about the availability of student loans, and students’ parents were getting pink slips in record numbers. As concerns grew about the prospect of faltering enrollments, many small, tuition-driven colleges decided to ratchet up a tried and true strategy: tuition discounting.

'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.

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