Colleges and universities set high targets in latest fund-raising campaigns

An increased focus on fund-raising meets a surging stock market to create ideal conditions for campaigns.

Wisconsin merger plan stokes controversy, but some see upside

Professors fear an ambitious systemwide merger plan is rushed, but system president argues it is necessary amid tight budgets and declining enrollment at Wisconsin's two-year colleges.

Grace University to close at end of academic year after enrollment struggles

Enrollment dropped by 100 this year, making it hard for leaders to see a path forward despite relocation plan.

Trustees and new presidents lead push for tuition resets despite debate over the practice's effectiveness


Large number of private colleges plan tuition resets next year despite many experts’ view that the practice is a gimmick. The colleges hope to grow enrollment, contain student costs and prove critics wrong. But it won’t be easy.

Arizona State emerges as backing fee-for-honors model, pointing to recent growth

Arizona State’s honors college fee, currently at $1,500 per year, has enabled explosive growth, leaders say. Critics worry about dissuading poor students from enrolling, but others say public institutions need new sources of revenue and ways to offer value to top students.

Kentucky's governor says universities should think about cutting programs with poor job prospects

Kentucky governor sets off debate -- and nettles some professors -- by suggesting eliminating programs that don't prepare students for good-paying jobs.

Cornell Tech officially opens campus on New York City's Roosevelt Island

Almost seven years after winning high-profile competition, Cornell Tech opens on Roosevelt Island, with 30 faculty members and almost 300 graduate students.

In unusual collaboration, 16 Southern liberal arts colleges to share a law firm

In unusual collaboration, Associated Colleges of the South strikes agreement with national law firm to provide legal services to its member institutions.

Boston University and Wheelock start merger talks

Boston University and Wheelock College enter talks to combine the institutions.

Dartmouth College weighs substantially growing undergraduate population

College considers increasing undergraduate levels by 10 percent to 25 percent -- but still identifying as a small college. Despite a $112 million 2016 operating deficit, administrators say the move wouldn’t be about bringing in more money.


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