Wisconsin

Accreditation Discrimination

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Wisconsin denies state financial aid to students at Christian university -- not for religious reasons, but because it is not regionally accredited.

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.

The Bank of Academic Credit

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Midwest group begins work on a "credential repository" for students to figure out how to translate their classes and work experience into degrees.

All-American Union

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U. of Wisconsin says collective bargaining could endanger international students' visas -- a stance that organizers see as a scare tactic.

Applying the Liberal Arts

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Easing their way into awarding four-year degrees, some community colleges around the country have begun offering applied baccalaureate degrees with a technical, workforce-ready focus. Two-year colleges in Wisconsin, however, are lobbying the state system to let them offer a different kind of applied baccalaureate – one with a liberal arts focus and aimed at rural, place-bound adults.

Monitoring the For-Profits

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Education Department and accreditors say it's not their job to police colleges, and point to states. Wisconsin regulators are willing -- but not quite able -- to patrol the beat.

Flexibility -- But for (and From) Whom?

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Debate over Madison's possible separation from U. of Wisconsin system spotlights national tensions among states, systems and flagship institutions.

More Than Money

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Scholars of collective bargaining in higher ed say wage gains from unions are minimal at four-year institutions, but significant at community colleges -- and that in both sectors, impact goes beyond pay.

Wisconsin Gets Weirder

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Republican operative's perceived effort to muzzle prominent professor complicates already fragile situation surrounding public higher education in the state.

Wisconsin Stands Up for Professor

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In response to politician's request for faculty member's e-mails, university releases some but strongly backs academic freedom.

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